The Ottumwa Courier


April 17, 2009

Kay Merrill

OTTUMWA — Kay Merrill, 75, died April 15, 2009, from cancer. She was born Nov. 3, 1933, in Alameda, Calif., to Frank H. Nelson and Gertrude Pierce. She married Malcolm Donald Merrill in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 27, 1953.

Kay was a devoted mother, wife, avid animal lover and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was enthusiastic, energetic, passionate, creative, organized and dependable in every responsibility or project she undertook and used the many skills she developed in compassionate service to people as well as animals. When her family lived in Danville, Calif., during the early 1970’s after getting her daughter a horse for Christmas, she was able to obtain a menagerie of pets too long to list in this article. Near the end of that decade, she had to give up the majority of her menagerie when they moved back to their old neighborhood of Moraga, Calif. She continued her compassionate service to animals by volunteering at the Lindsey Wildlife Rescue Museum in Walnut Creek, and when her husband’s job took them to Ottumwa, Iowa, she obtained her federal wildlife license and was the sole wildlife rescue provider in the region. She and her husband retired and moved to Provo, Utah, and then to St. George, Utah.

She is survived by her sister, Sue Hickenlooper, and three children and their spouses, David and Anne Merrill, Robin and Bill Christensen and Mark and Kaylene Merrill; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held April 18, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Metcalf Mortuary Chapel, 288 W. St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah.

Visitation will be Saturday, from 1-1:45 p.m. at the mortuary, prior to services. Interment will be at Tonaquint Cemetery.

Arrangements under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 674-4221.

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