Ina Florence (Merry) Moulton, 88, died Oct. 22, 2010, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 7, 1922, in Swanville, a daughter of John and Sadie (Dyer) Merry.

She attended school in Belfast, moving her family to Thorndike in 1954 with her husband, Irving. Together they raised three sons and five daughters. She attended church throughout her life, most recently Brooks Pentecostal.

She was a special person, opening her home to family and friends, providing delicious meals to anyone who’d stop to visit. At Christmastime her home was filled with fun and laughter, all anticipating her special treats of popcorn balls, Needhams, fudge and punch. She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren, and going for rides, especially when she ended up at a yard sale, which was her favorite pastime.

She was always warm and gentle, kind and caring, selfless and humble. She taught many lessons and warmed many hearts. She was very proud of and deeply loved her family, and her family deeply loved her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Irving; three brothers, Earle, John and Elwood Merry; and a sister, Marie Opdahl.

She is survived by three sons and their wives, Norman and Betty Moulton of Belfast, Reggie and Lola Moulton of Florida, Gary and Lee Moulton, also of Fla.; five daughters and their husbands, Sandra and Roy Greeley of Knox, Beverly and Paul Davis of Exeter, Gail Moulton of Stockton Springs, Cheryl and Edgar Ashey of Searsport, Pam and Jeffrey Buxton of Hampden; 23 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Millie and her husband, Lloyd Sylvester, of Searsport and Ruthie Robbins of Belfast; a brother, Ervin and his wife, Faustina Merry, of Belfast; and four sisters-in-law, Delores Merry, Hazel Merry, Barbara Davis and Martha Tweedie.

Family and friends are invited to call 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Brooks Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Matt Shaw officiating. Burial will follow at Center Cemetery in Thorndike.

At Ina’s request, those who wish may make donations in her memory to Brooks Pentecostal Church, 178 Monroe Highway, Brooks, ME 04921.

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