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Ardella Waite Mertlich, 67-years-old, passed away Thursday, June 20, 1991 in Ogden, having cancer since 1984.

She was born October 28, 1923 to John Earl and Myrtle Annn Burton Waite in Kaysville. She married Melvin A. Mertlich August 17, 1948 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She was reared and educated in Kaysville. She lived in Salt Lake City, Woods Cross, Wells, Nevada, and for the last 34 years in Clearfield. She graduated from Davis High School, attended Weber State College, and graduated from LDS Business College in Salt Lake City. She was an active member of the LDS Church, Clearfield 3rd Ward; she enjoyed serving in various church positions including Relief Society president twice and Stake Primary president, and she was also a temple ordinance worker with her husband in the Ogden LDS Temple. She was employed by the church Sunday School office as secretary and bookkeeper. Later she assisted her husband in opening Melvin's Shoe Store, and together, they operated it for 27 years. Also a Clinton Court clerk for former Judge Jenkins and served in other communities activities. She enjoyed family activities and had a strong determination for life.Thanks to Dr. Ralph Peterson, Dr. Robert Jacobson, Dr. James Hieden, and the nurses at the MacKay-Dee Transitional Care Unit. A special thanks to Dr. Vincent Hansen, her cancer doctor.

Survived by her husband, Clearfield; two sons and two daughters, M. Ross and Julie Mertlich, Roy; Kent D. and Sherilynn, Layton; Jo Ann and Michael Lyon, Taylorsville; Shawna and Bradley Anderson, Lehi; 14 grandchildren; one brother, John Walton Waite, Layton.

Funeral services will be held Monday, at 2 p.m. in the Clearfield 3rd LDS Ward Chapel, 231 East 300 North, with Bishop Reed Billman officiating. Friends may call Sunday 6-8 p.m. at the Lindquist's Clearfield Mortuary, 1050 South State Street, and Monday, at the ward, 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Interment in the Kaysville City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

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