SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 3, 2013

Virginia Merrill MacLeod, 85


Danvers — Mrs. Virginia Merrill MacLeod, 85, born in Boston, died May 30, 2013. She leaves behind her husband of 63 years, John Norman MacLeod of Danvers. She will be deeply missed by her four children and their spouses; Merrill M. Baldwin (William R. III) of Richmond, Va.; Pamela M. Barnard (Herbert T. Jr.) of Lancaster, Penn., Robin M. Goodridge (Alan A.) of Boxford, Mass., and Scott C. MacLeod (Gioia D.) of Danvers; her 10 grandchildren, who adored their “Gigi,” are Andrew M. Baldwin, Mrs. Heather B. Ross (Jeremy), Sgt. Douglas F. Baldwin (Jaime), all of Richmond, Va., Mrs. Lindsay B. O’Neil (Brendan) of Greenfield, Mass., Christopher C. Barnard and Stephanie C. Barnard of Rockville, Md.; Meredith L. Goodridge and Courtney A. Goodridge of Boxford, Mass., and Alexander I. and Cameron S. MacLeod of Danvers.; great-grandchildren, Bradford and Warren Ross, and Norah O’Neil. Two more great-grandchildren are expected in October. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Virginia was the daughter of Cmdr. and Mrs. Albert G. Merrill of West Roxbury, Mass., and was predeceased by her brothers Albert G. Merrill Jr. (1985), Capt. Ralph F. Merrill (2006), and a sister, Carolyn J. Merrill (1930).

She graduated from Roslindale High School in 1945, and the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va., in 1949.

The early part of her marriage was spent in Providence, R.I., and except for a late-in-life, ten-year move to Mashpee, Mass., she had resided in Hamilton, Wenham and Danvers.

She was a member of the Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club, and the Marblehead Power Squadron, The Corinthian Yacht Club, a longtime member of the Manchester Bath and Tennis Club, and a faithful member of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Those associations ended as her children grew, and she was able to share with them her interests in travel, art, and gourmet cooking, and reading.

She and John traveled the world and visited over 35 countries. Their love of picnics and road trips took the entire family at one time or another from Nova Scotia to Key West, and left no back roads in New England undiscovered. The coastline from Maine to Rhode Island was explored and loved by land and sea.

Virginia’s family will continue to be blessed by her life and love.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral was privately attended by the immediate family. Interment will be at Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, Boston.

Assisting the family is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., Danvers, www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Virginia’s name to The Navy Seal Foundation, 1619 D St., Bldg. 5326, Virginia Beach, VA 23459. www.navysealfoundation.org.