Merrill, Virginia W., Saginaw, Michigan

Virginia Alice (Witters) Merrill, age 95, died on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the Cartwright Center. She was born in St. Johnsbury, VT and married Jack R. Merrill in 1941 in San Luis Obispo, CA. He preceded her in death on September 15, 2005. Virginia graduated from the St. Johnsbury Academy and the University of Michigan. She was an avid bridge player, golfer and enjoyed working in her large garden. She is survived by her son, Jock (Suzanne) Merrill of Saginaw; her daughter, Sue (James) Andersen of Ann Arbor, MI; five grandchildren - Brian (Sandy) Merrill, Jason Merrill and Bradley (Laura) Merrill of Saginaw, Amy (Bill) Grier of Ann Arbor and Kristina (Kevin) Strieter of Bailey, CO; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara MacDonald of Burlington, VT. According to Virginia’s wishes, cremation has taken place and the family will gather privately to celebrate her life. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Nature Conservancy of Vermont, 27 State St., Suite 4, Montpelier, VT 05602 or St. Johnsbury Academy - Development Office, P.O. Box 906, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State).