Helen Wanda Murphy (Doughty) Merrill, 88
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SCARBOROUGH -- Helen Wanda Murphy (Doughty) Merrill, 88, died quietly on Dec. 7, 2013, while in the loving care of the Gosnell House after a long bout with breast cancer.
She was born on Sept. 5, 1925, in Westbrook, the daughter of Johnson Henry and Helen (Milligan) Murphy of Prince Edward Island. She attended Rocky Hill and Westbrook High School.
Helen married Linwood Eugene Doughty on Dec. 31, 1941. After Linwood's death, she married Percy Byron Merrill of Westbrook on Aug. 24, 1965. Foremost, Helen was a mom and homemaker.
From 1942 to 1945 she worked in the West Yard of the South Portland Shipyward as a 'Rosie the Riviter' on the Liberty Ships. In 1945 she went to work at the S.D. Warren paper mill in the cutting department until she retired. After retiring she had numerous little jobs as a short order cook and baker.
Helen loved to go camping, hunting and fishing. She liked to go muskrat hunting with Lin along the Presumpscot River and helped with the tanning and selling of the hides. She also loved to knit, crochet and sew, but most of all, she loved to bake and cook for everyone.
She was a former Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, a volunteer at the Westbrook Rod & Gun Club, a member of the Cumberland County Riding Club a member of the SMAAA RSVP volunteer.
Helen was predeceased by her parents; her two husbands; a brother, 'Hank Murphy,' two sisters, Mary (Murphy) Grady and Francis (Mary) Morin; a step-son, Tom Merrill; and a grandson, Jason Robert. She is survived by a sister, Nora (Murphy) Duclos of Portland; two sons, Arthur Doughty of Westbrook and Thomas Doughty of Jackman, a daughter, Linda Hoitt of Saco; and four step-daughters, Martha (Merrill) Brackett and Linda (Merrill) Hopkins, both of Westbrook, Jane (Doughty) Freeman and JoAnna (Doughty) Alexander, both of Hollis. She is also survived by 40 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A special thanks to all the people who loved our mother as much as we did and for all your thoughts, prayers and support. An extra special thanks goes out to the hospice folks and the Gosnell House in Scarborough, where our mother was able to pass over without pain, with dignity and was treated with gentle, caring hands by all the staff there.
Rest in peace mom, we love you and will miss you.
A celebration of life party will be held at the American Legion Hall, Dunn Street, Westbrook on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, from 5 p.m. on. Please bring a covered dish. To offer words of condolence and share memories with the family, please go to www.athutchins.com.
In honor of our mother, please consider donations in her memory to:
Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
11 Hunnewell Rd.
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 10, 2013
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