- Hilda Pomroy Merchant, born on July 12, 1925, in Seal Cove, to Milton and Velma Pomroy, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Monday, December 5, 2016, at a Bar Harbor healthcare facility.
Her entire working life was spent packing sardines in the local sardine factory. She was runner up as the fastest sardine packer in the World Championship Sardine Packing Contest held in Rockland by the Maine Sardine Council in the 1970s. She lived all her married life in her beloved Hall Quarry where she was neighborhood mother to all the area children. Her door was always open and well stocked with "bandaids."
She is survived by her son, John Merchant and his wife Jeannie of Mount Desert; daughter, Hazel Young and her husband Melvin of Milbridge; six grandchildren, a special granddaughter Barbara M. Pettegrow and her husband Corey, Mike Merchant and wife Valerie, Hayley Merchant and her fiancé Mac MacElwain, and Carl Butler Jr. all of Southwest Harbor, Justin Merchant of Round Mountain, TX, and Christopher Butler and wife Christina of Palm Harbor, FL; five great-grandchildren, Chad Grass, Abbe Pettegrow, Natalie Butler, Brianna Butler, and Ava Merchant; brother, Roger Pomroy and wife Libby of Seal Cove. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Howard "Bud" Merchant Jr.; brothers, John and Alton Pomroy; and sisters, Irene Pomroy, Cretia Pomroy, Leola Higgins, and Gaynell Sumner.
Services will be held at a later date.
Contributions in Hilda's memory may be made to Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Avenue, Ellsworth, Maine 04605.
Arrangements under the care of Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert, Maine 04660.
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