Marion's Story

DOVER-FOXCROFT - Marion Ruth Copeland Merrill, 90, passed away November 21, 2015 at Hibbard Nursing Home. She was born July 15, 1925, in Monson, the daughter of Maurice and Helen (Whittimore) Copeland.

Marion attended Monson Academy and embraced being a housewife and mother. She donated many years to her children's activities as well as to others. She designed and sewed children's quilts that were donated to the Linus Foundation. She loved her quilting, crafts, cooking and painting. For many years she and her husband, Perley, were RSVP Volunteers, spending many hours at Hibbard Nursing Home and "Meals For ME." She was married to Perley for 56 years and besides their volunteering, loved to travel, taking photos of their adventures which were shown at many functions. She was a former member of the Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church and its organizations. During her last years she was a member of the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church.

Marion is survived by her daughter, Dianne M. Hand and her husband, John, of Ponce Inlet, FL; a daughter-in-law, Katherine Merrill of Falmouth, MA; six grandchildren, Michelle Franz, David Merrill, Jr., Heather O'Connor, Nicole Merrill, Christopher Hand, USAF, and Erika Sumner, all of Massachusetts and Florida. She leaves eight great-grandchildren, Ashley Merrill, Hannah and Haleigh Zion, Emily and Isabella O'Connor, Zachary Franz, Sadie Sumner, and Penelope Margaret Hand; two great-great-grandchildren, Logan and Cameron; and several nieces and nephews.

Marion was predeceased by her husband, Perley; son, David; and brother, Ernest Copeland.

A graveside service will be conducted in the spring at the family lot in Dover Cemetery, with Rev. Chad Poland officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, PO Box 328, Dover-Foxcroft 04426. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
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