DOVER-FOXCROFT - Judith C. Merck, 81, passed away peacefully April 14, 2014, at Hibbard Nursing Home, Dover-Foxcroft. She was born March 15, 1933, in Indianapolis, Ind., the daughter of Charles Norman and Jean (Sardeson) Coryell.
Judy graduated from Indiana University and from the physical therapy program at Duke University. A resident of Dover-Foxcroft since 1973, Judy worked as a physical therapist for many years at hospitals and nursing homes in the area, and also served many patients from her home office. She was deeply involved in community organizations, among them the Piscataquis County Extension, Pine Tree Hospice, Womancare/Aegis, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Senior Network, Piscataquis County Democrats, and East Sangerville Grange where, upon turning 80 last year, she was awarded the Golden Sheaf Award. Judy enjoyed gardening and flowers, and she especially loved her animals: her goats, chickens, and her dog, Buddy.
Judy is survived by her daughter, Karen Goodin and her husband, John, of Decorah, Iowa; two sons, Gregory Merck and his wife, Michelle, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Eric Merck and his wife, Nozomi Hoshi, of Kula, Hawaii; 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren expected to arrive in the next month; and two special friends, Joan Shapleigh and Sue Mackey Andrews. Judy was predeceased by her parents, and by her brother, Thomas N. Coryell. The family would like to offer gratitude and thanks to the staff of Hibbard Nursing Home, and Dr. Lesley Fernow for their excellent care, and to all of Judy's friends who sent cards and spent time visiting with her.
A memorial service will be conducted 4 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, at East Sangerville Grange. Memorial contributions may be made to Womancare Aegis, PO Box 192, Dover-Foxcroft 04426 or to Pine Tree Hospice, 883 W Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft 04426. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.