In Memory

Barbara Ann Merrell (Stephenson)

Deceased Classmate: Barbara Ann Merrell
Date Of Birth: 01-07-1943
Date Deceased: 01-07-2012
Age at Death: 69
Cause of Death: Renal Disease
Classmate City: Salt Lake City
Classmate State: UT
Classmate Country: USA
Survived By: Her children: Annette and husband Davy Barron and family; TerryMitchell and wife Cheryl and children; James Sstephenson and wife Karen and family; Jeffrey Stephenson; Derek Stephenson and wife Jeaneette and family; and Matthew Stephenson.

Barbara Ann was a beautiful young woman and woman with an unending, contagious smile and full of a lot of fun and talent. She was a wonderful person to be a friend. She was talented on piano and organ, and often accompanied her well-known husband on his singing engagements. She loved to dance, travel and explore in her motorhome with a group, and sometimes performed with her husband at Hale Centre Theatre in Salt Lake City. She was a great long time friend for many, many years to me and my friends of Rivergrove 1st. Ward in Provo.

Obituary published in Deseret News Jan. 11, 2012


Our Love to her family.

Bruce and Diane Henricksen Jensen

Brent and Bonnie Kaye Storrs Anderson

Robert and Shauna Valentine


Barbara Ann Stephenson 

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1943 ~ 2012
Our mother, grandmother, sister, and friend left this earth to return to our Heavenly Father on January 7, 2012. She passed away at the Woodland Park Care Center in Salt Lake City. Barbara fought hard from suffering acute renal failure. Barbara was born in New Mexico to Vern Clark Merrell and Katheryn Mortenson, on January 7, 1943. She was the youngest of seven children. Barbara was a loving mother and grandmother. She often went to sporting events to cheer on her children and grandchildren. She loved to play the piano and organ and was very talented at both. She served as organist in her ward for many years and enjoyed this opportunity to serve. She also loved to dance. She belonged to a square dancing group that traveled often to perform. 
Barbara is survived by daughter Annette Barron with husband Davy and children Brandon, Jennifer, Jessica; son Terry Mitchell with wife Cheryl and children T.J., Rylee, Sydnee; son James Stephenson with wife Karen and children McKenna, Brenna, son Jeffrey Stephenson; son Derek Stephenson with wife Joanette and children Alyssa, Kristen, Craig, son Matthew Stephenson with son Jacob. Barbara is also survived by her oldest sister Florine Whiting. She was preceded in death by her husband Craig, her parents and siblings, Carl Merrell, Burdell Merrell, Dan Merrell, Melvin Merrell, and Nelda Harmon. 
Friends and family may visit at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services at the Olympus 6th Ward Building, 3070 Nila Way, Salt Lake City, Utah, on January 12, 2012. Burial will be in the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice . The family would like to thank all of the many friends who visited with Barbara. She knew she was loved as the end grew closer. 
Until We Meet Again, by Injete Chesoni
Death is a brief separation
A temporary pain
Grieve not my dear
The sun will shine again
Death separates our bodies
But our hearts remain the same
And the memories of our love 
Will soothe away your pain
And carry you over

Until we meet again

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01/12/12 01:10 PM #1    

Betty Lou House (Storer)

It is hard for me to grasp the loss of my dear friend Barbara.  We sat together at the 50th reunion and reminsiced about the good ol days. She was happy and full of life and loved her motorhome. Thanks to this website, we chatted with each other before and after the reunion. I will forever remember her laugh and the crazy, fun things we did as teenagers. I was so fortunate to have had her as a friend...I will miss her!

Bob and I send our condolences to her family.

Betty (House)Storer 

01/13/12 12:39 PM #2    

Robert Y Valentine

Diane Henrickson and Ray and Kay Luce were among some of our classmates who attended the funeral.

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