Merridy Eileen (Morgan) Lawrence was born on July 25, 1931, in Provo, Utah, to Fern Eileen Lynn and Carroll E. Morgan. Merridy returned to the arms of a loving heavenly Father on Jan. 24, 2013.
Merridy graduated high school in Monrovia, Calif., married Jim O'Neill, and gave birth to three children: Marty, Peggy and Carrie. She moved with Jim to Katherine's Landing, Ariz., then to Kingman in 1959. Jim was later killed in an auto accident.
While in Kingman, Merridy met Bernie Lawrence in a local Laundromat, taught him to fold clothes (wink, wink), and the rest became history as they combined two families Jan. 6, 1967. They were later sealed for all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple on Jan. 6, 1979. They celebrated 46 years as proud parents of seven children, 26 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren, making memories quilting, gardening, canning, antiquing, "Quartziting," and serving in various church callings, but mostly Merridy enjoyed spending time with her sweetheart. She spent years assisting Bernie, guiding hunters in British Columbia and Alaska to Mexico, whether by foot, horseback or flight, she was at Bernie's side.
Merridy served the community on the Mohave County Fair Commission, the Foster Care Review Board and the Election Committee. She also enjoyed faithfully serving local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many callings, including as the first Stake Relief Society President of the Kingman Arizona Stake. She later served with Bernie as a missionary in the historic Ohio, Kirtland Mission.
Merridy is survived by her husband, Bernie Lawrence; brother, Ted (Yvonne) Morgan; and her children and stepchildren, Marty (Lynell) Lawrence, Brant (Tina) Lawrence, Peggy (Norman) Rowden, Jody (Harold) Gaugler, Rita (Bob) Steel, Carrie Lawrence and Sarah Lawrence Wolsey. Daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend ... you will be missed!
Services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, 610 Eastern Ave., Kingman, Ariz. Viewing will be at 10 and the funeral service at 11 a.m.