Merriam B. (Wolcott) Washburn, 93, passed away Sat., Nov. 9, 2013, in Admiral’s Point Nursing Home surrounded by family.
Merriam was born Oct. 22, 1920, in Sandusky to Melvin and Adella Wolcott. She graduated from Sandusky High School in 1939 where she first found her love for band music and was awarded a scholarship to the University of Michigan. She graduated from Sandusky Business School and was a bookkeeper for several businesses.
Merriam married Charles Washburn on June 13, 1942, at First Presbyterian Church in Sandusky. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary before Charles passed away on Oct. 19, 2011. They were lifelong residents of Huron and wintered in Florida for 29 years.
Merriam’s love of music led her to become a member of the Vacationland and North Coast Concert bands in Ohio and Lakeland Community Band in Florida where she played many instruments including French horn and euphonium. Her hobbies included golfing and bowling ande she competed in many leagues. She belonged to many organizations including the Daughters of American Revolution and Eastern Star, as well as being a member of the Mayflower Society. She was a direct descendant of Benajah Wolcott who came to Danbury Township as a surveyor and became the first Marblehead Lighthouse keeper.