April 16, 1931 - April 12, 2014

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BECKLEY, MERLYN 82, of Morrisville, died peacefully with his family by his side at home on April 12. He was born April 16, 1931, in Barre, the son of Clem and Maydeane Dix Beckley. He was a graduate of Plainfield High School. Merlyn married Jeanette Shepardson on June 23, 1956, in Fairfax. Merlyn worked at Craigie’s Dairy and later worked at the asbestos mine until its closing. He was also employed at the Manor Nursing Home and then at Copley Hospital in maintenance. He took an early retirement to care for his daughter and then worked part time at NAPA Auto Parts. Merlyn and Jeanette moved to Morristown Corners in 1959 and began remodeling the schoolhouse to make their home there. He enjoyed working on cars and was very skilled in fixing many things. Merlyn enjoyed camping, listening to country music and, most of all, spending time with his grandchildren. He was involved with the Morristown Water Co. and held several offices over the years and was a member of the Puffer United Methodist Church. Merlyn is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jeanette; two daughters, Sandra Luce and husband Peter, of East Calais, and Sally Martin and husband Fred, of Wolcott; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Marian DuBois, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a daughter, Lois Adams, in 1995; and sisters Ruby Harrington, Marjorie McFarlane and Mary Hoisington.

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