Judith H. Merrill, age 74, died Friday, November 30 at Compassionate Care Hospice with her family by her side.

Judy was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and Goldey-Beacom Business School. She worked for over 50 years as an administrative assistant for DuPont, and 30 years as a newspaper carrier for Gannett Inc. (The News Journal). Judy loved serving the community the morning news. Her greatest joy in life was her family. She was very involved in her children and grandchildren’s lives, volunteering for Scouts and school functions. Judy was a people person. She couldn’t go anywhere where she didn’t know someone. In her spare time she enjoyed needlepoint, and being outdoors, especially the beach and at the pond that her family built.

Judy was predeceased by her brother Jan Horn and daughter Michelle Stafford. She is survived by her children, Michael F. Merrill, Jr., Christine A. Merrill, and Melinda A. Arce-Batiz; grandchildren Renee Stafford, Heather Stafford, Julien Merrill-Gray, Antoine Gray, Jr., and Nevaeh Farrell; and brother Calvin Lewis Horn, III (Margaret).

A funeral will be held on Saturday, December 8 at 3 pm at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803 with friends invited to a visitation beginning at 2 pm. Interment will take place privately.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Judy’s name to the American Cancer Society 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.