-- 1920 ~ 2011 --
Duke Merkley was born January 17, 1920. She passed from
this life on August 8, 2011 in Cedar Hills, Utah. She was
born to Lyman Duke and Jennie Olivene Brown Duke in Stockmore,
Utah. Her parents moved the family to Heber City, Utah where
she attended school and graduated from high school as the
salutatorian of her class.
On June 29, 1942 she married Loyal Ross (Merk) Merkley
in the Salt Lake Temple. After World War II they moved back
to Heber City for a short time then moved to American Fork,
Utah where they raised their family. Merk worked at Geneva
Steel until he retired. Her beloved husband died in 2003
at age 93.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints and loved working in the Relief Society, Primary
and with the ward and stake music. She loved Heavenly Father
and worked diligently in her callings.
She loved to play the piano and taught piano lessons to
many children in Heber City and also in American Fork for
many years. She was a wonderful cook, she sewed and crocheted
afghans for the new babies and made many beautiful quilts
for her grandchildren. She dearly loved getting her family
together for family home evenings, reunions and parties.
She always wanted her family around her.
She is survived by her children: Janice (Kenneth) Crookston
of West Valley, Utah; Annette (Ben) Speelmon of Terreton,
Idaho; Marsha (Lynn) Powell of Ocean Shores, Washington;
Stephen (Sharee) Merkley of Herriman, Utah; Brenda (John)
Martin of Anchorage, Alaska; Sheila (Cary) Son of American
Fork; brothers, Burton Duke of Gilroy, California; Ramon
(Joyce) Duke of St. George, Utah; sister, Merliyn (Fay)
McGuire of Heber City, Utah; sister-in-law, Gayla Duke of
Tempe, Arizona; 24 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren
and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyal Ross Merkley,
a son, Bruce Lyman Merkley, a daughter, Ruth Merkley, her
parents, two sisters, two brothers, two grandsons, Davis
Speelmon and Anthony Powell and a grandson-in-law, Kirt
The family would like to express appreciation to the staff
of The Charleston and to Vista Care Hospice Service for
their thoughtfulness and loving care of our mother.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 13, 2011
at 12:00 p.m. at the American Fork 29th Ward Chapel, 673
East 300 North, American Fork. Family and friends may call
on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Warenski Funeral
Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork and also Saturday
morning from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment,
American Fork City Cemetery.