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Mary Merrill

Mary Hold Merrill (Rusnak)

Monday, May 12th, 1924 - Friday, September 11th, 2020
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Obituary

Calais – Mary Merrill, 96, passed away Friday, September 11, 2020 at Marshall Healthcare in Machias. Mary was born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia on May 12, 1924, daughter of George and Helen (Yurco) Rusnak.

Mary immigrated to the United States in 1926 through Ellis Island. During the war, she worked at National Pneumatic Company in New Jersey. It was there that Mary met her future husband, Elston Hold. The next year they moved to Elston’s hometown of Princeton. Mary opened her own beauty salon, Mary’s Beauty Shop, which she owned and operated until 1977. Elston and Mary also owned and operated the local movie theater in Princeton, Lakeview Theater. After the passing of her beloved Elston, Mary married Atwood Merrill in 1974 and they moved to Calais. Mary continued operating her beauty shop in her home in Calais until 2007. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, flower gardening, and watching movies. Mary was a Communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Calais.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Elston Hold; her second husband Atwood Merrill; infant daughter Caron Helen Hold; sons Robert and Gerald Merrill; a great-grandson Jacob Hold; and two brothers-in-law, George Tiernan and Warren Stevens; Surviving are her children, Elston “Greg” Hold and wife Shirley of FL, Helen Adams and husband Earl of Calais, Thomas Merrill and wife Gemma of CT, Arleigh Merrill and wife Deborah of FL, and Patricia Ross of SC; her grandchildren, James and companion Samantha, Christina and companion David, Trevor and wife Tova, Brett and wife Ann, Amanda and husband Justin, Elston, and William and wife Carla; great-grandchildren, Cole, Carson, Delaney, Tristan, Eden, Kiarra, Aiden, Charlotte, Todd, Carl ,Sherry, Susie, John, Peggy, Jeremy, Lacey, Danielle, Eleanor, and Christopher; three sisters, Emma Gilbert and husband Robert of VA, Dorothy Stevens of NJ, and Helen Grunwald and husband Richard of NJ; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Kevin J. Martin 1 p.m. Monday, September 14 at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Calais Ave, Calais. The funeral will be also aired at 11:00am LIVE-stream on Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Facebook page. Please adhere to CDC guidelines for public gatherings. Alternatively, all are invited to attend the graveside service immediately following the Mass service. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


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  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 13th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Sunday, September 13th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Mays Funeral Home
    Address
    26 Church St
    CALAIS, ME 04619
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, September 14th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Monday, September 14th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    31 Calais Ave
    CALAIS, ME 04619
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    Officiant
    Father Kevin J. Martin
  • Interment

    Monday, September 14th, 2020 |
    When
    Monday, September 14th, 2020
    Location
    Princeton Cemetery
    Address
    West St.
    PRINCETON, ME 04668
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Christina Hold

Posted at 07:49pm
I will forever love and miss you Grammie! I will always be grateful that God chose you to be my grandmother. You taught me so many valuable lessons, and created more incredible memories for me than I could possibly list here. I sometime open your armoire just so I can smell your old perfume, I hope that stays with me for as long as my love and memories of you. I will miss you deeply and always hold a sacred place in my heart for you.

Broken Hearted,
Christina

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ann boyd

Posted at 12:24pm
Sending condolences to Mary's Family. Ann Boyd
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Deb Niles

Posted at 07:56am
I still remember the feeling the day I met Elston and Mary as a 10 year old girl. They instantly welcomed me as Greg's (soon to be) baby sister and one of their own. Elston passed too soon, but Mary (and Atwood) were always happy and loving through the many years. I've always admired her strength of character and heart of gold ... her love of God, family and country. Soar with the angels, Mary. I will see you again. You all are in Bruce's and my thoughts and prayers. ... Father God of love and mercy, embrace all those whose hearts today overflow with grief and such a sense of loss at Mary's passing. You hold time within Your hands, and see it all, from beginning to end. Please keep and carry these precious people in their sadness and loss. Grant them space to express their tears. Hold them close through the coming days. Keep them safe as they gather together. I ask in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
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Rod Roderick

Posted at 06:07pm
My sincerest condolences to the Merrill family for their loss.
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