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Marie Merrell (Morgan)

Marie Merrell (Morgan)

Obituary for Marie Merrell Morgan

Leah Marie Merrell Morgan, 58, passed back through the veil on Nov. 8, 2015. 
She was born Nov. 15, 1956, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Leah Farr Merrell and Karl Angus Merrell. She graduated from Skyline High School in 1975, and married Richard Holmes Morgan on Sep. 8, 1978, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Her life was filled with love for her husband and her family. 

Growing up, Marie spent time with her father, learning woodworking, and developed a love of beautiful wood grain, screws kept in old nut cans, and the smell of polyurethane. With the help of kind friends she learned to sew. She made many of her own beautiful dresses for formal dances and continued to use this skill as an adult, making custom pieces for her children as they grew. After her children were too old for fancy dance dresses she became an accomplished quilter. Many of her quilt pieces have been used in home décor or to wrap up babies. She always had a project going. Whether it was repainting the kitchen cabinets, working on a needlework design, or trying five banana bread recipes to see which she liked best, she enjoyed staying happily busy. Her fantastic cooking and baking skills are well-known by friends and neighbors and her appreciation of good food is shared by her husband and children.

After 10 years of marriage and with soon-to-be four young children, Marie returned to college and, following in her mother’s footsteps, received her BA in Education, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Utah State University. She worked as a preschool and kindergarten teacher at Morningside Preschool in Logan, Utah for 20 years. Through teaching, she was able to share her love of music, art, and learning. Children were always drawn to Marie and she did her best to make every child feel wanted and loved. Her favorite church calling was Primary Chorister because it allowed her to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to her many young friends through music.

Marie was a thoughtful giver, always serving others. Many of her projects, ranging from mini quilts to baby booties to apple pies, were given to others with love. She looked for people who could benefit from what she had to offer and gave willingly, without reservation. Sometimes it was letting someone stay in her home, other times it was mailing a card to someone to let them know they were in her thoughts. Even as recently as a week prior to her passing she arranged for a small treat to be taken to a neighbor who had just moved in to welcome them. She had a compassionate spirit, making others feel understood and cared for. She could laugh with those who were rejoicing and cry with those who were mourning. Her intuitive heart touched all who knew her.

Marie is survived by her husband, Richard Morgan; brother, Robert (Candi) Merrell; two daughters: Annie (Daniel) Preece, Sandy, Tina (Rich) Albrechtsen, Logan; two sons: Richard Morgan, Millville, Jeffrey Morgan, Salt Lake City, and 4 grandchildren. Marie is preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Patrick Lyle Merrell.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nyman Funeral Home. The funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm on Sat., Nov. 14, 2015, at the Millville 1st Ward Chapel, 110 South Main Street, Millville, Utah. Friends may call Sat. morning from 9:30-11:30 am prior to the service. Burial will take place at Millville Cemetery, 250 East 100 North, Millville, Utah following the funeral.


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01/09/16 12:00 PM #1    

Ann Chamberlain (Shedden)

I just read that Marie passed away in November 2015, two months ago. I am very sorry to learn that.  I remember her caring spirit and wonderful smile and that she could  always get everyone around her to laugh!  Sympaty wishes to her family and friends.  

01/21/16 12:02 PM #2    

Stephanie Giannopulos (Pazoles)

Was so sad to hear of Marie's passing. I am glad we got to visit with her at the reunion. May she rest in peace and her memory be eternal.  To her family my prayers for you all!

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