MERRILL, Catherine E. (Becker), age 78, of Pepperell passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at MGH. She was born in Dorchester on July 23, 1941 a daughter of the late Dorothy (Benner) and Charles Becker. During high school, she moved to Braintree where she lived until she married Dudley Merrill Jr. She had met her future husband when she was an Accountant at John Hancock. Together, they moved to Hingham to raise their daughter, Sue Ann Merrill. Cathy, as she was called by friends and family, retired to an antique farmhouse in Pepperell with her husband and her dogs. She channeled her organized and creative ambitions into showing Yorkshire Terriers during retirement. While also tech-savvy and artistic, her greatest loves in life were her family and dogs. She cheerfully did everything she could to make the lives of her dogs, husband, sister, daughter, and grandchildren easier and happier.
Cathy was predeceased by husband Dudley Merrill, Jr. She is survived by daughter Sue Ann Lambright and husband H. Dan of Nashua, NH and grandchildren Benjamin W. Lambright and Katherine E. Lambright. She is also survived by brother William Becker of Hingham and sister Deana Thorn of Pepperell.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue, Inc. Liver Shunt Fund, c/o Mary Elizabeth Dugmore, 1065 Lewis Road, Chapmansboro, TN 37035 or Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue, Inc at www.yorkierescue.com.