Remembering Helen Merrill with a Tree Memorial in Montford Park

Helen Merrill (1918-2015)

Helen Merrill and her husband of fifty-eight years, Lewis Merrill, lived in a cottage on Danville Place on the estate of her son, Scott Merrill and son-in-law, Brian May. Born on October 30, 1918 in Paterson, NJ, Helen enjoyed ninety-seven wonderful years living most them in New Canaan, Connecticut. Her career as a secretary included positions in New York City and Connecticut. She enjoyed living in Montford for eighteen years. Helen was an avid gardener and seamstress. Everyone that knew her, knew that she was a remarkable person.


left to right: Scott Merrill, Sharon Fahrer and Lewis Merrill

Asheville Parks and Recreation Department has a tree and bench donor program for city parks. Montford Park now has three memorial trees. Besides Helen, there are trees for Jeff Kelley and Irma Cantor. Jeff lived on Tacoma Circle. He was an active member of the Montford community serving for many years as the editor of the Montford Newsletter. Irma Cantor lived next to the park and loved her adopted Asheville community. She enjoyed volunteering as a docent for the Tour of Homes.


left to right: Sharon Fahrer and Lewis Merrill

For more information about donating to Asheville parks you can contact Paula Garber at the Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation at or check out the website: This is a great way to insure continued enjoyment of our parks for future generations. We also hope to have a gazebo in Montford Park one day.