Merry-Lynn Hudson

30 agosto , 19556 octubre , 2020
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Ascended from Hamilton to Heaven on October 6, 2020 in her 66th year.

She is survived by her husband Mark; daughters Leslie Hudson & Laurie Thibault; sons-in-law Joel Thibault & Karl Stahl and grandchildren Hudson, Ethan, Riley & Tessa. She was predeceased by her parents Marshall & Evelyn Parker and her brother John. Thanks to the staff at St. Joseph's and Juravinski Hospitals for their care of Merry-Lynn during her last years. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund or to Galcom International (Mozambique) would be welcome. Visitation will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, 4372 Appleby Line, Burlington on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Due to current gathering restrictions, a private funeral service will be held on Friday with interment following in Burlington Memorial Gardens.

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Taya Cicchetti

octubre 12, 2020

My sincerest condolences for your loss. Heartfelt thoughts go out to you in this time of sorrow.

Tim Wood

octubre 11, 2020


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time. I remember a short but epic conversation with Merry-Lynn at Bryan Wylie's memorial about the places we call home. No doubt she has added another to the list.

I'd love to stay in touch if possible.


Klaske Kroesbergen

octubre 10, 2020

Dear Mark,
We just wanted to share our deepest condolences with the passing of dear Merry-Lynn. We praise God that you do not grieve as one without hope. May you experience much of Christ's nearness as you continue life without your dear wife, but may your eyes be ever focused on eternity.

Amy Plante

octubre 10, 2020

Dear Mark,Leslie, Laurie and family.
Merry-Lynn was a very special lady and beautiful friend to so many people. She will always be remembered for her incredible servant heart, love for music, artistic abilities, her garden and infectious laugh. I loved her godly attitude and quiet spirit. We will miss her so much. Knowing that she is singing in the choir in heaven is so amazing!
We will be praying for you all.
Dave and Amy ❤️

Jacquie Huffman-Krisza

octubre 10, 2020

Dear Mark, Leslie, Laurie & Family,

Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. As I write this, the music for The Olde Irish Blessing (arr. Linda Fletcher) keep repeating in my head. Music has always been a big part of all of your lives so I do hope that it will continue to help each of you in the forthcoming days.

Jacquie, Lee Jane and Stephanie Huffman

Evelyn Bristow

octubre 10, 2020

Dear Mark,
I will miss MerryLynn very much. The music we shared was so special (also with her dad). Also, it was wonderful to be given her mother's name because of the friendship between our parents.
She was a beautiful friend in every way. The best thing is that we will see her again some day and everything will be perfect. Bill sends his condolences as well. We will both miss her and her lovely smile.
Bill & Evelyn Bristow

Linda Wiesner

octubre 9, 2020

Thank you for your thoughtful reply on Oct. 2. I'm so sorry I sadly discovered today, Merry-Lynn had passed on. However it is so clear she's alive with Jesus. I always knew Merry-Lynn had a beautiful heart for Jesus, her family and others as you so movingly stated. Although our friendship did not cover a great expanse of time Merry- Lynn's note to me, her notes on "lessons from Cancer" and our last visit were such a gift and a clear example of her compassion and strength in the Lord. I will always treasure our friendship. Your deep love for each other was something about which she spoke and it was so evident during my visit. I'm very thankful to have met you Mark. My heart and my husband's goes out to you and each of your family members.
Linda and Willi Wiesner

Ken and Heather Davis

octubre 9, 2020

Hello Mark,
We just received notice regarding Merry-Lynn. We are so sorry for your loss and we are praying for you and your family.
May you be held up by all that God sends you to help you and may you be aware of the His unfailing strength for you.
Psalm 20
Ken and Heather Davis

Vicky Cairns

octubre 9, 2020

Dear Mark, Leslie, Laurie and family,
Merry-Lynn will be fondly remembered by all that knew her or even just crossed her path. She has a very dear, kind and beautiful soul and she will be deeply missed. May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lynn and Elaine Snider

octubre 9, 2020

Dear Mark and family
Elaine and I would like to express our heartfelt and sincere condolences on the loss of your wife and mother. Would love to connect with old friend. If you are in Kingston any time let me know and I'd would love to meet with you.



For Merry-Lynn from Mark

This has been difficult to write … it would be impossible to say; I leave it to you to read it when the time seems right for you.

I met Merry-Lynn when I was 15 and she was 13 – I fell hopelessly in love, she did not … at least not for a while. We have known each other for 51 years and were married for 44. She has been the one true love of my life and I thank God for the honour of having my life wrapped up in her. She was a loving wife, mother, gramma … she cared for us all with a heart as big as the great outdoors she loved.

She would not be pleased if I spent too much time lauding her work and her achievements. Perhaps I can refer to Dorcas in Acts 9 and say that Merry-Lynn too was ‘full of good works and acts of charity’ and we could lay out many of the articles she crafted throughout her years of ministry. She served as musician, teacher, organizer, listener, encourager, … I can hear her saying ‘That’s enough, Mark. Move on.’ She has always been faithful at crediting the Lord for all the good that has been done and she praises Him though she was often shocked that He would choose to use her in His service with the gifts He gave her. She often didn’t see how she was being a blessing, though it was crystal clear to those around her.

Though she believed the basic tenets of Christian teaching from an early age she became a true follower of Jesus in her early twenties. With the granting of a new heart by the Spirit of God at conversion her Christian emphasis moved from what had been largely external to a walk that was increasingly internal. Though her Christian life at some points resembled an emotional roller coaster ride of spiritual highs and lows, there was a life-giving power to the written Word of God that continually formed her character and gave her purpose beyond the normal expectations of daily living. To observe her was to witness a woman being sanctified and growing in grace in spite of the many usual and unusual setbacks experienced by God’s people.

Merry-Lynn loved to be a mom and a gramma. She loved her two girls and was so proud of them both; Leslie and Laurie were always on her heart and in her mind. Parenting was far from perfect (for both of us) and she was thankful her girls are both of a forgiving nature and any past wrongs have been made right. Joel has been as good a son as she ever hoped for and she maintained a deep love for Karl as well. Hudson, Ethan, Riley and Tessa were the stars in her gramma heaven; she appreciated the honest pleasure they showed when she was with them and could not have loved them more.

She was a gifted photographer, gardener, seamstress, baker, artist, musician and an ardent explorer. She liked to get new things started and then recede into the background and let others take over. The Lord enabled her to create, plan then execute. Her most influential ministry, however, was to those in need or living somewhat on the periphery of things. She had an excellent eye when it came to noticing changes in a person’s attitude or behaviour. Once noticed she would find a way to talk with that person and, through a genuine concern for their well-being, minister in whatever way seemed most helpful.

However, to really get to the core of who Merry-Lynn was, to get a glimpse of her true identity, in an absolute sense, we must focus less on what she believed (as essential as those things were) and turn our attention to who she believed. The beating heart of a Christian walk is Christ Himself. Her affiliation was not primarily with a religious system or a confession or with specific denominational distinctives; her fundamental relationship was with a person, the God-man Jesus Christ, brought about by the sovereign work of her heavenly Father through the intimate power of the Holy Spirit.

When Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – she believed Him! And when He called out, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” - she believed Him and came to Him, finding rest for her soul. And when He made the astounding claim, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – she believed Him and came exclusively and wholeheartedly to Him. When Jesus announced, “I am the light of the world … I am the door … I am the good Shepherd … I am the bread of life” – she believed all these claims to be true of Him and found light, life and security in Him.

In the latter days of her life, especially during her battle with cancer, three other promises held special import to her …
(1) Jesus said to her (Martha), “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” - Merry-Lynn, in concert with Martha, could say with absolute conviction “Yes Lord: I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
(2) “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” Again, she believed Him and thus had a sure hope for her future with Him.
(3) ‘So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.’ Throughout her long battle with cancer the Lord renewed her day by day and fixed her eyes on her ultimate destination, the things that were unseen. She accepted the promises of the Lord by faith and it made everything she faced seem light and momentary.

Ah, but now she sees! And what a sight it is; her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ himself! I am so very happy for her and, by the grace of God, I will see her again one day, as will all who trust the Lord for their salvation. Jesus tells me that Merry-Lynn is at peace in His arms … and I believe Him!

Merry-Lynn was so thankful for the expressions of love presented to her and the multitude of prayers offered on her behalf. She understood more clearly toward the end that her ministry to people had indeed been blessed by God, evidenced by their growth, encouragement and more serene daily walk with the Lord. O Lord, continue to give us people with such servant hearts.

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