Monica's Story

PORTLAND - Monica Mary (Ezzy) Merrill, 76, passed away June 11, 2015 at Mercy hospital surrounded by her family. She was born March 4, 1939 in Van Buren Maine, the daughter of Maron Ezzy and Luella (Sites) Athanasion.

She is predeceased by her parents, sister Katherine Ezzy, brother Maron Ezzy, husband Wayne Frye, son Stephen Ackley and granddaughter Taylor Gross. She is survived by her siblings Greg Ezzy, Jackie Fitzmaurice, Lou Ezzy, Gale Maxner, Carol Ezzy, Pamela Maiorano, Patricia Ezzy, Marion Oliver, Mike Ezzy and Tammy Packard, her children Dave Ackley, Dan Ackley, Lauri Huntley, Joe Ackley and Becky Frye, her step children Vickie Kilton, Rick Frye, Lisa Frye and Barbie Yentsch, 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Those who knew Monica knew she loved to cook for family and friends. She was known for her Lebanese dinners that included baked kibi, grape leaf and cabbage rolls, stuffed eggplant, meat pies, Syrian salad and baklava. She realized a lifelong dream of opening the Sandwich Shoppe in East Machias in 1981 so she could share her cooking with everyone.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a graveside service at the Longfellow Cemetery in Machias Maine on July 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. To view Monica's memorial page or to share an online condolence, please visit

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Monica are asked to make a donation in her name to the American Cancer Society.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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