Marian H. Merchant MORETOWN — Marian Helen Merchant, age 93, passed away peacefully May 4, 2021, due to natural causes. She was born in Franklin, Vermont, to parents Charles A. Richard and Helen Horskin. She was a graduate of Franklin High School, class of 1945, and Johnson Normal School, class of 1947, where she obtained an elementary school teaching certificate. She later went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont. On June 6, 1948, she married Richard E. Merchant in Moretown, Vermont. They were married for 54 years until Richard’s passing in 2002. For most of their married life, they resided in Moretown. Mom was a career elementary school educator as a teacher, librarian and principal in Moretown, Vermont. She loved teaching and maintained relationships with many of her students for years after they graduated. She and her husband, Richard, were active members of the Middlesex United Methodist Church where they spent countless hours involved in church events, dinners and lawn sales. They made lifelong friends at that church. She is survived by her children, son Stephen and wife Kathy of Berlin, Vermont, daughter Susan and husband Edward Scribner of Alaska, and daughter Sharon Merchant and friend Gary Webster of Duxbury, Vermont; by grandchildren, Sarah Goble, Chad Scribner, Joshua Scribner, Ben Scribner and Thomas Morano; by great-grandchildren, Sophia Scribner, Alexandra Scribner, Ava Rose Scriber, Mallory Scribner, Jackson Scribner, Madyson Scribner, Preston Scribner, Nicholas Newman and Kennedy Scribner. She was predeceased by sister Martha Sarah Olmstead; brothers, Almon Richard, James Richard, Albert Richard, Lloyd Richard; grandson Ted Merchant, and great-granddaughter Allyson Scribner. She was close with all of her family members, kept in touch with all of them and could be counted on to keep everybody informed as to what was going on in everybody’s life. There will be a celebration of her life in the South Duxbury Cemetery on Thursday, May 13, at 11 a.m. The family wishes to thank all of Mom’s in-home caregivers, especially Peg and Jeannette, who spent countless hours caring for her. Also, a special thanks to BAYADA’s Hospice Team for their excellent care during Mom’s last days. Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.

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Bryant and Cynthia Webster

We were so very sorry to hear of Marian's passing. We have a lifetime of wonderful memories of sharing happy times with her, Richard and family at the Middlesex Church....beginning with those labor-intensive chicken pie suppers during our early years that were enjoyed by so many. Moretown AND Middlesex will not be the same without her.

Unfortunately, we have a conflicting engagement that we cannot cancel on Thursday, therefore we will not be able to attend her services at the cemetery. Please know we will be with you all with supportive thoughts and prayers.


I miss you, Aunt Marian. You have been in my heart since the day I first saw you. It was when you walked into the Red School in Duxbury VT to do a stint as a practice teacher while studying at Johnson Teachers College. Anyhow, I was an eight-grader in our one-room school (the only person in my class) and she was beautiful. Instantly struck, I was doomed because she quickly became interested in my uncle Richard (an older, handsome guy) who lived on the farm next to ours on the South Duxbury Road. Short story, she continued to be a part of my life until she left to be with Mom, Dad, Uncle Richard and all the others no longer with us. May she rest in peace.

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