Mrs Merrick was the mother of Tom Merrick and the grandfather of Sandie Merrick and Tommy Merrick.

Mrs Merrick was widowed in the 1940s and bought up Tom and his sister alone. Mrs Merrick was a great friend of Annie Sugden.

In 1982, when Amos Brearly spoke of Mrs Merrick, he said to Henry Wilks that she had died by the time he arrived in the village.