Sunday, February 7, 2021

Ruth Eleanor Merrick, 89

Wellsville, NY - Ruth Eleanor Merrick, 89, of 3050 Andover Road, Wellsville, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at home, surrounded by family following a long fight with cancer. She was born on March 3, 1931 in Rexville, the daughter of the late Maynard and Olive (Amidon) Allen. 

Ruth came to Wellsville from Rexville when she was eight years old.  On October 25, 1947, she married Lee Merrick Jr. who survives. She was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse by Jones Memorial Hospital, and later in Orlando, Florida (where she and Lee resided for fifteen years). She was a knowledgeable and avid gardener, and loved her cats, dogs, birds and fish. 

In addition to her husband Lee, Ruth is survived by: four children, William Merrick of Wellsville, Sandra Merrick of Wellsville, Carol (Joseph) Schweigart of Bolivar, and Lisa (Paul) Rowe of Wellsville; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; a brother, Charles (Susan) Allen of Lima, NY; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: twelve brothers and sisters. 

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit

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