Arwella Mortensen Merrell, 97, a Farmington resident since 1952, left this life to be with her beloved husband on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. She was born in Virden on Dec. 25, 1915, the daughter of John Alfred Mortensen and Mary Lucy Pierce Mortensen. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, O.J. Merrell, on June 12, 1996.
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Arwella was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings throughout the years. In Virden, she taught high school, and since coming to Farmington in 1952 with her husband and their three children, she worked as a secretary and taught in the grade schools for many years.
Arwella leaves behind her son, Calvin Merrell and wife Judith of Prescott, Ariz.; daughters, Paula Owen of Philadelphia, Pa., and Madeline Jack and husband Alvin of Farmington; sister, Ethel Goodman of Tucson, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 East Ute St. in Farmington and one hour prior to services at the church.
Funeral services for Arwella are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1310 East 25th St., on the corner of Knudsen Avenue and 25th Street in Farmington, with Bishop Steve Nygren conducting. She will then be laid to rest next to her husband at Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of the giver's choice in Arwella's memory.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives, friends and staff at Beehive House who were so kind and supportive during this time. Your kindness will always be remembered.
Arwella's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home
103 East Ute Street Farmington, NM 87401
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2013