Merilda M. "Tilly" (Liberty) Phaneuf, 81, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2022, with family by her bedside. She was born in Plattsburgh, on April 4, 1941 the daughter of Philbert and Beverly (Baker) Liberty. Tilly was a long-time resident of Telegraph Road in Peru. Tilly had been residing with her son and daughter-in-law in North Carolina (Todd and Christine). Tilly worked for Ames for many years and then retired from CVPH Medical Center. Left to cherish her memory are, her two sons, Donald Thomas of Malone, and Todd (Christine) Thomas of Sanford, NC; one daughter, Terry (Bill) Babbie of Perry Mills; two sisters, Jeanne Sample of Tampa, FL, and Donna Hemmingway of West Chazy; one brother, Bill (Debbie) Liberty of Turnersville, NJ, brother-in-law, Randy (Shirley) Thomas of Peru; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Donald W. Thomas, September 27, 1986, and Dan Phaneuf, December 26, 2016; son, Scott W. Thomas, August 31, 1984; sister, Shirley Duhaime, August 2, 1972; and brother, Donald Liberty, January 5, 2015. A graveside service will be held for family and friends at the Peru Cemetery on Wednesday June 8th at 2:00 pm. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.