Memorial contributions to Friends of Music at First-St. Andrew's United Church, 350 Queens Ave., London, ON N6B 1X9 would be gratefully acknowledged.


50 Years


Kay Merritt

Death Notice

Merritt, Katherine (Kay) - peacefully at Marian Villa, London on Thursday, January 7, 2010. Beloved wife of the late Don Merritt. She is survived by her son Paul (Enid), daughter Katherine Schlacht, son Stacey (Susan), grandchildren Paul and Emily Schlacht, Bradley and Gregory Merritt, brother Norman Hill. Predeceased by son-in-law Gary Schlacht, father Alfred Hill and mother Isobell Hill. Kay Merritt, nee Hill, was born May 18, 1916 in Port Arthur, now Thunder Bay. Kay grew up in St. Paul's United Church, where she was active in C.G.I.T., Young Peoples, the Church Choir and became a member of the Church. As an Elementary School Teacher she participated in the Founding of Kindergarten in Port Arthur and was teaching it in Pine Street School at the time of her marriage to Donald William Merritt, November 10, 1950. Devotion to the Service of her Lord was continued at First Baptist Church where she was active in Sunday School, C.G.I.T., Mission Band, and the Board of Deacons. Kay played the organ for Church Worship Services when needed, and the piano for many and various meetings. Community work over the years included the Red Cross Transport Corps, St. John Ambulance, Happy Handicap Club, C.G.I.T. Executive for Northwestern Ontario, Meals on Wheels, Leprosy Mission, Telecare, pianist for the Glee Club at the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital and for a Public School Choir. Kay was one of the founding Members of Telecare (1972) and was awarded the first Bruce MacDougall Award in Canada, "In Appreciation of Dedicated Telecare Service in Thunder Bay Centre, March 30, 1981." A private family service to celebrate Kay's life will take place in the summer.