hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

January 31, 2013

Patricia (Merriam) Childs, 77

Haverhill — Patricia 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 50’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: Her Funeral Service and calling hours were held on Tuesday, Jan. 29th at the Salvation Army in Haverhill. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford. Arrangements were by the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes, Haverhill & Bradford. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 395 Main St., Haverhill, MA 01830. Condolences to her family may be made at