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After bidding her family goodbye, Eunice Laurel Hutchings Merrell quietly slipped through the veil from this life into a far better existence on September 13, 1994 from multiple causes all associated with her long, courageous battle with diabetes.

Laurel was born in Lehi, Utah on February 16, 1918 to John and Eunice Colledge Hutchings. She attended Lehi schools and Brigham Young University. Married J. Sterling Merrell in the Salt Lake LDS Temple November 25, 1942. A lifetime active member of the LDS Church, she served in the Northwestern States Mission prior to her marriage and continued to serve her church and others wherever her husband's military assignments took her family. Her great love, and indeed her life, was her family followed by other children and music. She taught Sunday School and Primary classes and served as ward or branch pianist in San Francisco, California, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Columbus and Sandy Springs, Georgia, Anchorage, Alaska, Flagstaff, Arizona, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Bangkok, Thailand, McLean, Virginia, and her home ward in Lehi where the family maintained a permanent residence. She was active in the Relief Society, and in addition to her music contributions, served as a stake board member, in branch and ward presidencies, and as a teacher. LDS General authorities, missionaries, and service personnel were always welcome in her home.The highlight of her church activity was the ten years she served as an ordinance worker in the Provo LDS Temple. She also greatly enjoyed her activity with the American University in Bangkok where she taught conversational English.

She took great pride in her three daughters as they gave a command performance in classical Thai dancing for Her Majesty, Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

Laurel is survived by her husband of Lehi; three daughters, Laurel Lee Merrell and Cynthia Kay (Keith) Rose, both of Lehi; Rebecca Sue (Milan) Djurich, Moab, Utah; 10 grandchildren; two brothers and one sister, Harold C. and John L. Hutchings, both of Lehi; Esther H. Hebrew, serving an LDS Mission in Sofia, Bulgaria. Preceded in death by both parents.

Funeral services Saturday, Sept. 17, 1994 at 1 p.m. in the Lehi 12th Ward Chapel, 1083 No. 300 West. Friends may call at the Wing Mortuary, 118 E. Main, Lehi, Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. and at the church Saturday one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Lehi City Cemetery.

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