Hope Merriam Boles, 96, died April 18, 2010, at Harbor Hill nursing home.

She was born Sept. 24, 1913, in Morrill, a daughter of Herman and Abbie Merriam. She was educated at the Morrill Village School, Crosby High School and received her high school degree from Wellesley High School in Massachusetts.

She chose to work in the field of merchandising. During her career, she was a buyer for Sage Allen store in Hartford, Conn. Later, when she moved to Massachusetts, she was manager for R.H. Stearns store at the Burlington Mall.

She was married to Phillip Treadwell of Wellesley in 1933. Mr. Treadwell died in 1955. Then she married William F. Boles in 1956, who passed on in 1972.

After she retired in 1979, she returned to Belfast to be close to her sisters. Many summers they spent pleasurable weeks at their cottage on Penobscot Bay in the Temple Heights section of Northport. Many memories linger of the cookouts and family gatherings on the veranda and barbecues on the rocks at the shore. Her family was very important to her, as she was a very kind and devoted member of her family.

Hope was a devout member of the First Church of Belfast. She was a willing worker in the church women’s league, where she served as the membership chairman of the women’s league and with grace accepted duties on the diaconate committee.

Over the years, Hope derived enjoyment and pride from tracing her genealogy as a descendant of the Mayflower Pilgrims. In 1982 she was thrilled to join a tour to visit the home churches of her four Pilgrim ancestors in Henlow and Fenstanton, England. Several groups of which she was a member resulted in much interest to her. The Colonial Dames XVIIC her descent qualified her as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Penobscot Expedition Chapter. During several years she served as a chaplain.

Her hometown of Morrill was always important to her; she was especially proud to be able to claim descent from the earliest settlers of the village. She was a sixth-generation descendant of the first family that cleared the wilderness and established the little settlement of Greene Plantation, which became Morrill in 1855. Many years along with other members of the Morrill Historical Society, she worked tirelessly to help restore the Smith House, 1855, the first home of her ancestors, and assisted in the planting of perennial gardens at the grounds in their memory.

After retirement, Hope, along with two sisters, traveled extensively for several years. Many episodes were recalled as people, places and things were reviewed of visits across Canada via Canada-Pacific Rail; also tours to Scotland, England, Ireland and Hawaii, as well as many states within the United States.

Hope was predeceased by her two husbands, three brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by a sister, Josephine Grady, of Belfast; a daughter, Linda Treadwell Stanton, and her husband, Eugene Stanton, of Ellicott City, Md., and Ft. Lauderdale Fla.; a stepson, William Boles, of Leola, Pa.; and a stepdaughter, Barbara Imbeault ,of Manchester by the Sea, Mass.; two grandsons, Eugene J. Stanton III of Ellicott City, Md., and Phillip T. Stanton of Alabaster, Ala.; and two great-granddaughters, Alexi and Julia Hope Stanton; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family extends much appreciation to the staff at Deborah Lincoln House in Belfast and also to the wonderful staff at Harbor Hill and to Rod and Janet Bailey of Searsport, who were devoted caregivers for many years. A memorial will be held at the First Church in Belfast Saturday, June 18, at 11 a.m.

If anyone wishes to make donations in Hope’s memory, it is requested they be made to the First Church in Belfast, 8 Court St., Belfast, ME 04915.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at ripostafh.com.