C. Meredith Stimpson (Meri) went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 24, 2022, at the age of 92. Born in Swampscott, MA, she grew up in Pittsfield, Hollis, and Bedford. In 1947, she met the love of her life, Philip, and they were married for 73 ½ years. Philip pre-deceased her, dying on January 25, 2022. She was also pre-deceased by her parents, half-brother, and other family members. She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Morey and husband David, and Deborah Granfield and husband William; grandchildren Rebecca (Morey) Steltzer and husband Gordon, Ann Pellegrino, and William R. Granfield and wife Amanda; great-grandchildren Elijah, Josiah, Levi, Rachel, Hannah, Ashley, Alyssa, Lucas and Ariella; and great-great grandchild Jacob. They will all miss her sweet, loving ways.
As a young woman, Meri worked as a legal secretary, and when her daughters were older, she worked for 15 years as a medical secretary for a local surgeon. She was well known for her kind manner with patients.
Meri was very involved with her church, Bethany Covenant Church in Bedford. Often people commented that her smile and welcoming way was one of the reasons they settled at Bethany.
Meri served on the Gideon’s Auxiliary, helping the ministry of distributing Bibles in hotels and hospitals. She and her husband were inspired by stories of how the Bible changed peoples’ lives.
Her enduring legacy, other than the loving family she nurtured, will be her ministry of prayer. She often said she could not do much because of her health but she could pray. She firmly believed in the power of prayer and that God is faithful to answer.
Meri lived with her husband in Manchester for over 70 years and moved to Bedford Falls Assisted Living in September 2020. Special thanks to the staff there for their exceptional, loving care.
Meri became ill at the time of Philip’s death, so a celebration of both their lives will be held on March 26, 2022 at 11AM at Bethany Covenant Church, 1 Covenant Way, Bedford, NH. The service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Bethany Covenant Church to be dispersed by the family to ministries valuable to Meri. Checks can be sent to the Church address, or to give online, visit bethanycovenant.com follow the GIVE link, and select Meri Stimpson Memorial.
Assisting with arrangements is Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Manchester.