Lewistown News Argus - 8 Apr 2001

Great Falls Tribune 5 Apr 2001


   Marimavis "Boots" Merry, 67, of Circle, passed away Saturday, March 31 at home, her brave battle with cancer was finally over.

   She was born Oct 22, 1933 in Lewistown, the daughter of Orville Charles and Meda (Buck) McCartney. She attended first through third grades in Billings while her mother was in college, grades four through

eight in one-room schoolhouses where her mother taught, and high school in Lewistown.

   She was a very active young lady in her youth. She enjoyed dancing, singing and riding horses. She even at one time had aspirations of becoming a professional bronc rider.

   As life moved on, she enjoyed motorcycle trips on the Harley, agate hunting, square dancing, quilting, rodeos, her pets and making doll clothes for all the undressed dolls she found.

   One of her goals in life was to make sure that each one of her children could play pinochle.

   There were numerous nights of play that also included friends and grandchildren.

   Although she had been married before, in the year of 1968, she met the love of her life. On June 6, 1970, she married Kenneth Merry in Sidney.

   They were happily married for 30 years.

   She is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth, of Circle, a brother, Charles (Anita) McCartney Jr. of Hamilton; a sister, Pat (Terrence) Montgomery of Billings; her children, Lucinda Bussey of Lewistown, James (Dorothy) Bussey of Corydon, Ind., Mavis Border (Derek Jack) of Palo Alto, Calif, J. Frank (Lori) Border, of Billings, Nanette (Brian)

Slater of Miles City, Tom Border of Fresno, Calif, Charla Border of Billings, and Shayne (Paula) Merry of Billings; six grandsons, two granddaughters, one great granddaughter; two nephews, one niece, and numerous aunts and uncles.

   She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Funeral services were held Friday, April 6 at the Evangelical Church of North America in Circle with Pastor Scott Anderson officiating.

   Interment was in the Riverview Center in Circle.

   Memorials may be made to the Montana Hope Project, Home on the Range, or the charity of your choice.

   Clayton Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point, with whom Boots had worked for the past twenty years, was entrusted with the arrangements