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January 27, 2013

Patricia (Merriam) Childs, 77

Haverhill — Patricia (Merriam) Childs, 77, of Haverhill, died Thursday at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, Haverhill.

She was born in Worcester, November 20, 1935 daughter of the late Arthur I. and Blanche (Woodhead) Merriam. Educated in the Worcester area school system Mrs. Childs moved to Haverhill in the late 1950’s and was a 40 year member of the Haverhill Salvation Army. She was employed at the former Eastern Canvas, in local shoe shops and more recently at Plastek. A devoted volunteer, Mrs. Childs volunteered at the Haverhill Citizens Center, at Somebody Cares, New England and at various local churches.

Her survivors include a daughter, Denise M. Childs of Haverhill, a son, Rick Childs and his wife Barbara of Kingston, NH, two half sisters, June Rivard of NV, Diane Pepper of CT, a half brother, Ralph Pepper of Worcester, three grandchildren, Rebecca Sgro, Justin Childs and Joshua Childs.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her Funeral Service on Tuesday, Jan. 29th at 12:00 noon at the Salvation Army, 395 Main St., Haverhill. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford. Calling hours will precede the Funeral Service on Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Salvation Army. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 395 Main St., Haverhill, MA 01830. Arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes, Haverhill & Bradford. Condolences to her family may be made at