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DEATH: MERLE COLTON BENNION

Merle Colton Bennion passed away peacefully on September 24, 1994 of congestive heart failure.

Born on March 31, 1906 in Vernal, Utah, she lost both of her parents at an early age. She subsequently lived with different Colton relatives in numerous places before moving as a teenager to Forest Dale, one of Salt Lake's oldest suburbs.She met Lowell L. Bennion while both were attending LDS High School and married him on September 18, 1928 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, just one month before his departure for an LDS Swiss-German Mission. In 1931 she joined him for a three-year stay in several European cities while he pursued a PhD degree. That sojourn reinforced her lifelong interest in travel and the study of music, language, art, and literature. Those interests helped her bear the loss of their first child, Laurel, who died six months after her birth on November 14, 1932.

After living near the University of Utah for nine years, Merle moved with Lowell to East Millcreek in 1943. There she had to help raise livestock and produce as well as four sons and a daughter. But she adjusted to her countless chores with a sweet and spunky spirit. She accepted various assignments in both the community and the LDS Church, including a term as ward Relief Society President. In recent years she received service citations from the East Millcreek Lions Club and Brigham Young University in recognition of her many contributions.

Even before her youngest children had left home, Merle resumed her formal study of language and music at the U Of U. At the same time, she began teaching music lessons and started over 200 young and older students on the piano.

Survivors include her husband, Lowell; a daughter, Ellen B. Stone; four sons, Lowell C. ("Ben") and his wife, Sherilyn; Douglas C. and his wife, Naomi; Steven D. and his wife, Marjorie; and Howard W. Merle had 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon, Friday September 30, 1994 in the East Millcreek Stake Center, 3103 East 3600 South (Craig Drive). Friends may call at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Thursday, September 29, 1994 from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the stake center on Friday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Bennion Center at the University of Utah. The family expresses thanks to all who visited and assisted Merle during her declining years.

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