Winnie V. Mercer
1927 - 2021
Mercer, Winnie V. March 17th, of Saugus. Loving wife of the
late Rev. Dr. Gordon J. Mercer. Devoted mother of Rev. Dr. David
and Donna Mercer of NH, Beloved son Paul who preceded her in
death and Kiki Mercer of Arlington, Rev. Dr. James and Debbie
Mercer of TX, and Karen and Robert Milordi of Lynnfield. Devoted
sister of the late Bernice Lindstrom, Ruth Lindsay, Olive
Nemcovich, Jack Mulley, George Mulley, and the Rev. Ralph
Mulley. Proud Grammy of Heidi, James, Sarah, Adam, Robert,
Lauren, Meredith and Rachele. Great-Grammy to Mayley, Logan,
Jude, Elijah, Sadie, Jaxson, Emmeline and Winnie.
Winnie Mercer. Winnie. Win. Mom. Grammy. Bam. Mrs. Mercer. Miss
Second-to-youngest of the seven Mulley children, Winnie grew up
in Revere, Massachusetts, graduating from Revere High School. . She
worked after school in Boston at Thompson’s Spa, taking the bus
home at night to do her homework before bed.
Instead of going into hairdressing at her cousin’s salon, as
desired by the family, Winnie created her own adventure and
enrolled in the Whidden Memorial Hospital Nursing School in
Everett, Massachusetts. She was one of the last to complete
their Cadet Nurse Corps Program that was created to address the
nursing shortage in World War II. The war ended and Winnie never
saw service, but the Cadet Nurse Corps expedited the nursing
course to 30 months, with intensive, residential placements that
included the Veteran’s Home, Children’s Floating Hospital and a
mental health institution. She liked to say that nurses had to
know it all – from laundry and paperwork, to birthing babies and
psychiatric medical care.
Winnie planned on going to Egypt to work with orphans, but then
she met Gordon Mercer and they began their adventure together.
They started married life in Everett, where son David was born.
Soon they moved to the country, Saugus, and worked on making
their new house a home. Son Paul was born, followed by son
James. Completing the family was Karen – the girl everyone was
waiting for. Mom would tell the story that David insisted that
his sister be named Karen, because he had a crush on the
minister’s daughter Karen at church.
Church and family, family and church. Being a part of Parkway
Assembly of God in Revere, Winnie would organize meals and the
women’s ministry, and ran the nursery for decades. The photos
where she is smiling most are when she was holding a baby.
Family was the greatest gift to Winnie. She took care of her own
parents, then mother-in-law, while caring for her own growing
family. Every daughter-in-law and son-in-law became another
child – their family quickly became hers. Memorable Sunday
dinners, vacations on Long Lake with the aunts, uncles and
cousins. Home showers and weddings – Winnie was always
organizing ways for family to be together. All the grandchildren
and great-grandchildren were such precious gifts to her, and she
would talk about each one – about their wonderful qualities as
individuals – with such great love and pride.
Winnie’s hospitality was legendary – so many people were touched
by her generosity, and well-stocked home – from clothes and
Amish friendship bread to cookie tins filled with candy – she
was a giver.
Mom and Dad would travel in their RV, spend time at the Trapp
Family Lodge, and make trips to visit children and
grandchildren. As Gordon’s health became an issue, she put her
quiet strength and determination into caring for him – we often
said that it was her sheer will and the tenacity of her prayers
that kept him with us for so long.
Winnie’s is a legacy that runs deep – her joy came from her
relationship with Jesus and her family. Her fierce love was felt
by all who were blessed to know her. Thank you, Mom, for loving
us so well.
Private services will be held graveside at the Woodlawn Cemetery
in Everett, MA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Good
Shepherd India at https://give.dayspringinternational.org.