Published in the March 25, 2016 edition

MELROSE — Barbara Jean (Wade) Merrill passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on March 21, 2016. She was 86 years of age.

Barbara was born in Melrose on September 18, 1929 to the late Herman & Helen (Rose) Wade. She was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School and was a lifelong resident. Barbara was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time around her beautiful home.

Mrs. Merrill was the loving mother of Jack Merrill Jr. and his wife Ellen of Groveland; Joann Merrill-Johnson and her husband Jim Johnson of Brentwood, New Hampshire; and the late Jackie Yetman. She was the proud grandmother of Nicky and Jason; Meghan and Jackie; and Laura and Michelle. She is also survived by several great grandchildren, family members and friends.

A funeral service was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St. Melrose, on Thursday, March 24, followed by a burial at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Memorial contributions may be made in Barbara’s name to the Camp for Diabetes, The Ballton Center for Diabetes Education, 30 Ennis Rd., North Oxford, MA 01537-0566.