Judith Wyman Merrow, 92, died at home, in Loudon, NH, from congestive heart failure. Judy made her beloved family farm a refuge for animals and a welcome sanctuary for travelers at Wyman Farm Bed and Breakfast.
Judy always showed interest in the lives of others. She made friends, family and guests feel at home in her presence. Visitors came for the beautiful countryside and farmhouse charm, but the greatest draw to the B&B was Judy’s hospitality. Her engaging personality kept guests coming back as dear friends.
A lover of nature and wildlife, she always had corn for the turkeys, seed for the birds and stashes of peanuts for the chipmunks. She said human relationships were most important, but could not walk down a busy street without introducing herself to every dog in her path.
She is predeceased by her second husband, Lyford Merrow, and is survived by her son, Jim Polley (Cynthia Barron), sisters, Nancy Head (Roger), Mary Paveglio (Phil), Dorothy Mori, Deborah Gosser, sister-in-law, Ann M. Burghardt and nieces and nephews.
Judy was the daughter of Ruth Eaton Wyman and Eugene Leavitt Wyman. She attended Newton High School in Newton, MA and graduated in 1950 from Westbrook Jr. College (now The University of New England). Judy worked for several years in Boston before her marriage to her first husband, Robert E. Polley. She lived in upstate NY and NJ before settling in Loudon, NH in 1963. She worked in Concord, NH as a secretary for Dr. Earl K. Holt and Dr. G. Donald Niswander, for the NH Historical Society, and was church secretary at Concord’s South Congregational Church and First Congregational Church.
She was married to Lyford Merrow II for 31 years. Together they restored Judy’s ancestral home, formerly known as Sunset Lodge in the 1800’s, to the bed and breakfast which they ran for three decades.
In addition to her work in Concord and running the B&B, Judy volunteered at Haven Wood Retirement Community Auxiliary for 50 years. She also volunteered for the Loudon Ledger and was a member of the Loudon Young at Heart Senior Group. Many years ago, before becoming a Democrat, she served as President of the Republican Women’s Club of Concord.
Due to coronavirus concerns, a graveside service will be scheduled in spring.
Friends wishing to honor Judy may make memorial donations to the Audubon Society, Pope Memorial Animal Shelter, The Humane Society, Granite State VNA (30 Pillsbury St, Concord, NH 03301), or organizations of one’s own choosing.
Assisting the family with arrangements is the Cremation Society of NH. To view Judith’s Online Tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit www.csnh.com.