Merrild Beth High, age 74 of Grand Rapids, was called to meet her Heavenly Father Friday, September 20, 2013. She was surrounded by her loving family. A graduate of Ottawa High School and Western Michigan University, Merrild dedicated her life to teaching. She touched hundreds of lives during the nearly 30 years she taught preschool and swimming in her home. She loved children and was always excited to share in their successes. She was fortunate to travel and share her gifts on the several mission trips she took to Albania, where she spent weeks nurturing, teaching and encouraging youth at the local orphanages. She enjoyed gardening, playing bridge with her dear friends, euchre with her family, and was an unbeatable scrabble player. She was preceded in death by her father, Louis Read, and her mother Betty Thomas Read. Merrild is survived by her brother, Tom (Vicky) Read; four daughters, Lisa (Pat) Suever, Annie (Jim) Hudson, Beth (Stu) Smith, Jennifer High; and her grandchildren, Ashley, Kendell, Morgan, Megan and Jared. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Fulton Street, Grand Rapids. Rev. Sarah Stobie officiating. Interment at Blythefield Memory Gardens. Visitation Monday 2-4:00 and 6-8:00 p.m. at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Road, Grand Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to Kent County Animal Shelter, 711 Ball Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503.