She was born a daughter to the late Florence (Giles) and Reinald Plankey on July 22, 1934, in Bangor, ME. She was educated locally at Keene High School. She continued her education at Keene State College where she obtained her LNA certificate.
On November 8, 1952, Merilyn exchanged vows with the love of her life Harold H. Howard Jr. They were married in a simple service. The Howards had been married for 49 years.
Merilyn had worked at a LNA at Cheshire Medical Center retiring in 1999. She had also been a stay-at-home mom and housewife for many years.
Merilyn was a very social person. She loved to attend her grandchildren’s events and functions. When she wasn’t out being social you could find her reading, crafting, knitting or doing needlepoint.
She is predeceased by her husband Harold H. Howard Jr., her daughter Bonnie Ayotte who passed July 13, 1974, a grandchild, and her four siblings.
Mrs. Howard is survived by her loving children, Susan Spicher of Keene, Penny Baribeau and her husband Armand of Keene, Donna Madison of Peterborough, Rebecca Macleod and her husband John of Henniker, Sondra Boudreau of Keene, Steven Howard and his wife, Maria of Mt Holly, VT. and Richard Howard and his significant other Laurie Southwell of Walpole. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-great-grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
A funeral service will be held for Merilyn on December 16, 2023, at 11:00 am in the First Baptist Church, 105 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will take place in the spring of 2024 at Monadnock View Cemetery in Keene. Services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, in lieu of flowers, Merilyn had requested that donations be made in her memory to the First Baptist Church of Keene.