Annette Y. (Parsons) Merritt, 81, of Barto, PA, formerly of Newfoundland, Canada, wife of Howard M. Merritt, passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021 surrounded by those she loved.
Born in Come by Chance, Newfoundland, Canada, Annette was blessed with a loving childhood and grew up happily in the rural fishing town of Southern Harbour. As a young woman she spread her wings and moved to Corner Brook. While working as a waitress, she met Howard, whom she always called Wes. They married in 1964 and started their family in Stephenville. She always supported Wes’ Air Force career and together they grew their family, as they traveled the world. They partnered in every aspect of their lives and built loving memories in Florida, England, Virginia, Japan and New York and, after Wes’ retirement, settled in Pennsylvania. As the next chapter of their lives unfolded, they became grandparents and found a whole new joy in spoiling grandchildren.
Annette dedicated her life to her children and grandchildren and cherished every moment with each of them. She loved to hear their stories and watch, with a smile, as each grew up. She always had time for her family and her heart was filled with love. She spoke endlessly about their accomplishments and always encouraged them to grow and take the next step. She loved celebrating birthdays and holidays and took immense joy in seeing her children’s and grandchildren’s glee in the festivities. She found special joy in her little dog, Rosetta, whom she spoiled, almost as much as she did her grandchildren. She enjoyed her jobs babysitting, working at a salon and as an international buyer where she traveled to Taiwan and Korea, but nothing gave her more joy than being a mom. She had countless friends over the years and touched many lives. She loved and forgave, no matter what and could always be counted on. She never missed a phone call and was always ready for a great conversation. She was quick with offering guidance and advice and was always there to welcome a friend or lend an ear.
She was affectionately known as Nettie, Mudder and, of course, Granny Goose. She enjoyed life and treasured the simple things. Some of her favorite times were spent in Newfoundland. She was always ready to go trouting, enjoy jiggs dinner, or have a big lobster boil up on the beach. She loved to catch capelin as they rolled in or pick bakeapple berries with her family. When given the opportunity she eagerly played a great game of cards, challenged Wes to dominoes, or clapped and sang to her favorite Newfie songs. She always spoke of her days in Newfoundland and the love of her childhood home. Annette was always smiling when hearing a good joke, tending to her plants and flowers, watching the kids jump in the pool, sewing, talking with friends, or giving airplane rides when her kids were little. She appreciated a cold beer with family or friends, laughing at the silly things in life and being surrounded by the people she loved. She will forever be missed and the impact she made on each life she touched will never be forgotten.
Annette was the daughter of the late Wallace and Josephine (Flemming) Parsons. Surviving with her husband of 56 years are sons Howard Merritt, husband of Celeste, Mike Merritt, husband of Jennifer, and Gene Merritt, husband of Marianne; daughter Kendy Vernitsky, wife of Jeff; grandchildren Rebecca Hudy, wife of Zach, Summer Vernitsky, and Michael, Brendan, Matthew, Deanna, and Haylie Merritt; and great grandchildren Oliver, Orion, and Parker Hudy; sister Shirley Parsons; and Sisters-in-law Violet King, Dola Parsons, Cecilia Parsons and Elizabeth Barker; and numerous nephews and nieces. Along with her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers Lindy, Jack, Wallace, Mike, and Howie Parsons; Sister Madonna Leger; brother-in-law Jack Leger; and Sister-in-law Minnie Parsons.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Annette’s memory may be offered to Tails of Valor Paws of Honor, PO Box 127, Coopersburg, PA 18036.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 20, 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home, 1020 E. Philadelphia. Avenue, Gilbertsville, with visitation from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM.