Merilyn Whitney Wilson, 88, passed away on July 11, 2018 in Cedar City, Utah. She now joins her beloved husband, Wilbur J Wilson, who preceded her in death and has been waiting to be reunited with her.
Merilyn was born January 1, 1930 in Mapleton, Utah to McKinley Whitney and Fern Hurst Whitney. She was fourth in a family of six children. Her family moved to Springville in 1937, where her dad supervised the construction of the Springville Art building. She attended Springville High and graduated in 1948. She was yearbook editor and valedictorian of her class. She married her high school sweetheart, Wilbur, September 10, 1948 in the Salt Lake City Temple. They were together 65 years and raised eight children.
She was a faithful member of the LDS church, and served in many positions, including primary and gospel doctrine teacher, primary and ward chorister for many years, but especially enjoyed working with the cub scouts. She was also an avid genealogist.
Merilyn and her family lived in Hawaii for two years, while Wilbur served an LDS Building Mission. They later moved to Cedar City where he taught at Cedar High School and Junior High, and she has enjoyed living in Southern Utah. Merilyn lived a full life as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She had artistic talent and many hobbies, including sewing, crocheting, quilting, baking, gardening and writing. Later she took up oil painting and was a very good artist. She made paintings, many quilts, and large crocheted doilies for her family and others. She always gave of herself.
She was very musical and enjoyed teaching her children and grandchildren to perform. She also enjoyed the outdoors and traveling in a motor home. Her quick wit, sense of humor, and creative mind helped her through life and her life was dedicated to her husband and family.
Despite her debilitating mental ailments, she was able to live out the last four years of her life in the comfort of the home that Wilbur built for her.
She is survived by her eight children; Larry (Debra) Wilson, Mindy (Norlen) Dalton, Michal Ann (Ron) Adams, Leslie (Tom) Timmerman, Pamela Wilson, Lani (Wayne) Lee, Tim (Shirley) Wilson and Eric (Jean) Wilson, 29 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 8 step-great grandchildren and one sister Kay Ennis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two grandchildren, and her siblings Ruth Weseloh, Donna Johnson, Keith Whitney and Nedra Walker.
Funeral services will at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in the Cedar Stake Center, 155 East 400 South in Cedar City, Utah. There will be a viewing prior to the funeral service at the Church from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Interment will be held in the Cedar City cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com