OBITUARY: Judith “Judy” E. (McGuiness) Merchant

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WEST LEBANON, NH — Judith (Judy) E. Merchant (McGuinness) passed away Sunday, August 28, 2022 at Dartmouth Hitchcock with family by her side.

Judy was born on Christmas Eve, 1945 to Thomas and Genevieve McGuinness of Wilmington, MA. She moved to Woburn, MA after marrying Robert (Bob) J. Merchant on September 11, 1964. While living in Woburn, they had three children; Cynthia, Mark and Vickie. In 1976, the family moved to Fryeburg, Maine where they thrived amongst a community of incredible friends. After a couple years of living in Sebastian Florida, they moved to West Lebanon, NH in 2006 to be closer to their grandchildren and children.

Bob and Judy were proud Gallery Gods; the fierce fan base of the Boston Bruins. Judy worked in healthcare for many years as a CNA and her most treasured years were caring for the community at Fryeburg Family Medicine on Main Street. There was nothing more important to her than her family, her children and grandchildren and the friends she loved so dearly.

Judy is predeceased by her husband Robert, her brothers Richard McGuinness and Thomas (Spike) McGuinness, and brother-in-law Warren Brodeur.

Judy is survived by her three children; daughter Cindy Merchant of Hanover, NH and her children Ash Winberry and Ethan Winberry; son Mark Merchant, his wife Marcheta and their son Max of Piermont, NH; and daughter Vickie Merchant, her husband Eric Kenyon of Randolph Center, VT

Sister Beverly Brodeur, of Salem, NH; Sister-in-law Mary McGuinness of Methuen, MA; Cousin Gerard Bolton of Medford, MA; as well her most beloved nieces and nephews and their families.

A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at The Wilder House at Quail Hollow: 7 Fox Run Lane, West Lebanon, NH

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Judy’s name to the Upper Valley Humane Society in Enfield NH. In her final days, Judy spoke often of getting an emotional support cat when she returned home from the hospital and perhaps this could help someone else achieve her final wish:

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