Grimsby Newspapers
Merritt, Mahaley (née Smith) (Died on 1 Mar 1944)
appeared in Grimsby Independent, 9 Mar 1944, p. 5

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Caistor township lost one of its oldest and most highly respected residents on Wednesday of last week in the passing of Mrs. Mahaley Merritt, widow of Valmer Merritt, who died at the home where she had lived for the past 70 years. She was in her 93rd year and was born in Glanford township on January 11, 1852, a daughter of the late Elijah and Margaret Smith. Her husband predeceased her 47 years ago. She had been very active until a few months ago. She had been a member of Ker Church for over 70 years and took a keen interest in the W.M.S. and other church organizations. She was also a strong temperance worker. It was on her farm that the firm of Merritt Bros., basket manufacturers, came into being some 35 years ago when her 8 sons, four since deceased, started into business in the manufacture of fruit baskets, using timber cut on the farm. Later, they moved the business to Grimsby where it now operates. Surviving are four sons and one daughter: Benson and Orton, Caistor township; John and Frank, of Grimsby, and Mrs. Curtis Swayze, of Caledonia. Funeral services were held on Saturday last, a private service being conducted at the home before the public services in Ker Church, which was conducted by Rev. Henry S. Fiddes, of Wellandport, assisted by Carl Zurbrigge, student pastor of the Ker field. Floral tributes were many and beautiful. A duet was sung by Mrs. Joseph Barrett and Miss Bernice Smith, of Hamilton, accompanied by Dr. J.O. Merritt. Interment was made in the Ker Church Cemetery. Casket bearers were six grandsons of deceased: Reginald Merritt, Lyle Merritt, Stanley Merritt, Dr. J.O. Merritt, Earl Norton and Alex Young.

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9 Mar 1944
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1 Mar 1944
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Merritt, Mahaley (née Smith) (Died on 1 Mar 1944)