The Times West Virginian


March 26, 2007

Helen Elizabeth Pettit Merrifield

Helen Elizabeth Pettit Merrifield, 96, formerly of Bridgeport, departed this life on Sunday (March 25, 2007) at the Wishing Well Manor, Country Club Road, Fairmont.

She was born Jan. 11, 1911, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a daughter of the late Smith Sample Pettit and Bridget Marie Ridge Pettit.

Her husband, Ned Owen Merrifield Sr., whom she married on June 22, 1930, preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 1986.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Ned O. Merrifield Jr. and Mary Ann of Barrackville, and Richard Allen Merrifield and Lillian of Dayton, Ohio; three grandchildren, Ned O. Merrifield III and wife Susan of Williamstown, Richard Allen Merrifield Jr. of Seattle, Wash., and Lisa Merrifield Duncan and husband James of Ashfork, Ariz.; five great-grandchildren, Wesley and Tarrah Merrifield of Williamstown, and Ashley, Jessica Jane and Courtney Lee Duncan of Ashfork, Ariz.; and a half-sister, Wanda Butcher of Chapmanville.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Marjorie Lee Merrifield; two brothers, Robert J. Pettit of Alliance, Ohio and Smith D. Pettit of Denton, Texas; a half brother, Orville Pettit of Moundsville; and two half sisters, Laura Monton and Ethel McDonald, both of Cleveland, Ohio.

Mrs. Merrifield retired from Craig Motor Company, Clarksburg, at the age of 70.

She was a member of the Clarksburg Baptist Church, having served as treasurer of American Baptist Women, circle chairman, a member of the Mission Board of the Church and a member of the senior choir.

Mrs. Merrifield was a volunteer at the United Hospital Center. She was an active member of the Clarksburg Business & Professional Women’s Club, serving as past president and as telephone chairman for several years.

Mrs. Merrifield was a past matron of Fairmont Chapter No. 34, Order of Eastern Star, where she was a 50-year member and with dual membership in Queen Esther Chapter No. 11 Order of Eastern Star of Clarksburg. She was also president of OES Chorus of Queen Esther Chapter No. 11, a past worthy high priestess of Omega Shrine No. 15, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Clarksburg, serving as worthy chaplain.

Friends will be received from 3-9 p.m. Thursday at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. David L. Hulme presiding. Entombment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

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