Merilyn came to TBC as a newlywed with her husband Bill Buikema (1969), following in the footsteps of her parents, who graduated from the school in the late 1930s. They served as missionaries in Brazil for four years accompanied by their five children. Back in Canada, Bill worked with developmentally disabled children and adults, and the couple fostered several autistic children. Bill died in 2007, and Merilyn has worked with children in Sunday School, daycare programs, and Christian schools ever since. She married Jack Gordon in 2011.