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Joan Louise (Gilks) Merchant

December 24, 2023

Joan Merchant Obituary

Mrs. Joan L. (Gilks) Merchant, 84, of Milford MA died early Sunday morning (December 24, 2023) after a period of declining health. She was the beloved wife of the late Melvin R. Merchant who died in 2018. 


Joan was born in Rumford ME, the daughter of the late Edward T. Gilks and the late Margaret M. (McKellick) Gilks. She attended public schools in Rumford ME.


Joan was first employed as a young woman at the General Motors assembly plant located in Framingham MA. Upon her marriage to her late husband Melvin she became a devoted housewife & mother.


She had been a resident of Milford MA for over sixty years.


Joan is survived by her 8 children: Sharon, wife of David Faherty of Northbridge MA, Brenda, wife of Brian Phillips of Milford MA, Kim, wife of Donald Blauth of Uxbridge MA, Kelly, wife of Joe Castignetti of Medway MA, Penny Muise of Mendon MA, Carrie, wife of Dennis Sherlock of Bellingham MA, Michael Merchant and his wife Tammi of Louisburg TN, Mark Merchant and his wife Cheryl of Hopedale MA; her former daughter-in-law: Kelly Merchant of Hopedale MA;  22 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; her 6 siblings: Carol, wife of Ronald Daniels of Texas, Barbara, wife of Kenneth Roberts of Maine, Richard Gilks of Maine, Joseph Gilks of Maine, Kenneth Gilks of Maine, Douglas Gilks of Maine; also many nieces & nephews.


Joan was the mother of the late Matthew R. Merchant who died in 1991 and the grandmother of the late Peter Fantoni who died in 2019.


Funeral Services will be held Thursday (January 4th) at 10am at the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress Street, Milford MA. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Milford MA. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday (January 3rd) from 5pm to 7pm at the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN.

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January 3, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.
44 Congress Street
Milford, MA 01757

Funeral Service
January 4, 2024

7:00 AM
Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.
44 Congress Street
Milford, MA 01757

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