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16 Pleasant Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9311
Fax: 207-622-9313
Merrill Danforth

Merrill Abbott Danforth

Tuesday, February 1st, 1927 - Saturday, May 22nd, 2021
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GARDINER, MAINE
Merrill Abbott Danforth, 94 of Gardiner, died Saturday, May 22, 2021 at home following a brief illness. Merrill was born on February 1, 1927 to Merrill Pike and Violet Mae (Abbott) Danforth.
He graduated from Gardiner High School in 1944. Following graduation, he attended Kennebec School of Commerce. He then began his career with the State of Maine, Department of Health and Welfare. He later worked at the Augusta State Hospital as a Reimbursement Agent. He retired in 1985 following thirty-seven and a half years of service.
In June 1957, he married Marion Brown of Randolph. During their 35 years of marriage, Merrill and Marion raised two daughters, enjoyed the love of their extended family, traveled with friends, and served their church in countless ways.
Merrill served his community in various roles. In 1955 he was elected to the Gardiner City Council. In 1979 he was elected to the MSAD 11 School Board where he served for 20 years.
Merrill was also involved in several community organizations. At age 14, he joined the Grange where he participated at the local, state and federal levels. He joined the Gardiner Lions Club in 1957. As a Lion, he served many positions on the club level and was District Governor from 1972-1973 for District 41-I. Merrill was also a member of the Hermon Masonic Lodge # 32, Scottish Rite and York Rite bodies. He was an active member of the Randolph United Methodist Church and was a lay delegate to the general and jurisdictional conferences. Following his retirement from the State, he served six years as United Methodist Conference Treasurer. Work, civic responsibility and family were Merrill’s focus and they all enriched and gave meaning to his long life.
Merrill was predeceased by his parents, his wife Marion (in 1992), and by his four siblings: Lois Nickel, Richard M. Danforth and wife Jacqueline, Marjorie Mooers Dill and husband Lincoln, and Charles Goodspeed and wife Maxine.
He is survived by his two daughters, Martha Allen and husband Bill of Pittston and Margaret Naas and husband Martin of Gardiner; four granddaughters, Kristin Marks of Athens, GA, Kayla Marks of Boston, MA, Rebecca Duca and husband Kyle of Gardiner, and Emily Allen of Pittston; two great granddaughters, Rosemary and Lillianna Duca; as well as several nephews and nieces.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Julia McDonald, MaineGeneral Hospice, Lowell Giles and Melanie Marston for the thoughtful care they provided to Merrill so he could remain in the comfort of his home.
A memorial service will be held at the Randolph United Methodist Church on June 7, 2021 at 3 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME.
Donations in Merrill’s memory can be made to Camp Mechuwana, PO Box 277, Winthrop, ME 04364 or MaineGeneral Hospice, PO Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903.
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    Monday, June 7th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    When
    Monday, June 7th, 2021 3:00pm
    Location
    Randolph United Methodist Church
    Address
    16 Asbury Street
    RANDOLPH, ME 04346
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Jane P Ives

Posted at 01:26pm
Gentle and smiling, he was not only a dedicated servant of the Lord, but also a good friend and supportive companion to others. Jane P. Ives
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Rosamond Stevens

Posted at 08:13pm
Merrill was such an important part of my life in highschool! He welcomed me into his family so warmly! My thoughts are with Martha and Margaret!
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Theresa Rodriguez

Posted at 05:45pm
Our neighbor will be missed. . God Bless Margaret and Marti and to all Mr. Danforth"s Family. He was able to stay right where he loved it. May you rest in peace Mr, Danforth. Theresa And Ray
JM

Julia McDonald

Posted at 03:16pm
I have just come from the Maternity ward here on the border of Ethiopia and South Sudan, welcoming a new life into this world (hand first! That kid wanted to be born!), to read about Merrill's passing. I sit here, tears mingling with my sweat, grateful to have known him and his family. When I bid you all farewell a few weeks ago, we knew his journey would end soon. Margaret and Martha, though I am miles and miles away, my heart is right there with you. I'm so grateful to have been your father's doctor. I will never forget him. It was both a joy and a great honor to witness his courage and resilience...and sense of humor!! Sending big thoughts and hugs - I am sorry I won't be able to make the funeral, but I will reach out when I'm back. Sincerely and fondly yours, Julia McDonald
MW

Michael Wallace

Posted at 09:44am
I first met Merrill on one of his trips to New Brunswick to visit cousins. I appreciated his shared enthusiasm for details and the work he had put into compiling the Muir and Blackburn family history. With Mae Beth's help, we shared notes and updates over the years. We enjoyed a visit in his home and an occasional phone call in more recent years. You could always tell that your dad and grandfather was proud of his girls as he always spoke highly of you daughters and granddaughters and your accomplishments. I know you will miss him terribly but trust that all the memories and the shared faith in God will be a comfort.
-- Michael and Susan Wallace, Saint John, NB
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