Martha M. Merritt, 84, of Belle Mead died Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of New Brunswick surrounded by her loving family. Born in New York, NY, she resided most of her life in Belle Mead. Daughter of the late Joseph and Martha (Roh) Hoffman, wife of the late Douglas H. Merritt, she is survived by a son Douglas K. Merritt, three daughters and three sons-in-law: Lynn and Lee Mangan, Karen and Martin Cummins, Pamela and Brian McGinley, a sister Wilma DeHart, a brother- in- law Ted Merritt, ten grandchildren: Sarah, Thomas, Laura, Marty, Ryan, Meghan, Larissa, Katie, Brian Jr., Justin and 4 great grandchildren.
Martha retired as a school teacher to raise her family and later served on the Montgomery Board of Education. She enjoyed her tenure as a Girl Scout Leader. She was an avid swimmer and loved swimming in Crystal Lake on Cape Cod. She was an animal lover being especially fond of her horses and trail riding on her beloved farm. She adored her family and treasured traditional family gatherings.
Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11:00AM at the Harlingen Reformed Church in Belle Mead.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center, 83 Old Turnpike Rd/Rte 517, Oldwick, NJ, 08858 and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 (donatenow.heart.org/stroke)
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.