1919 - March 26, 2008
Merlene Stott Cook, 89, of Logan, Utah, died March 26, 2008.
Merlene was born March 24, 1919, in Monticello, Utah, the second of three daughters born to C. Orval and Flora B. Stott.
Her early childhood was spent in Manti, Utah, where, at the age 8, she was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the baptismal font in the Manti Temple.
At age 11, her family moved to Logan and into the 11th Ward that met in the basement of the Logan Tabernacle. Years later, during MIA activities in that Ward, she met her future husband, Loyal B. Cook.
During the next five years they enjoyed dancing, participating in plays and other MIA and community-related activities. Shortly after their engagement in December 1939, Loyal took a job in Washington, D.C. In September 1940, Merlene took a train to Washington, D.C., and with no family in attendance, was married to Loyal on Sept. 13. This marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple.
After living in Washington, D.C., for a year and in Salt Lake City for a couple of years, Loyal joined his Father and his brother Blaine in a sheep venture in Northwest Colorado.
In 1944, Merlene and Loyal moved their family to Craig - her home for the next 23 years.
In 1967, four years after the death of her husband, Merlene moved back to Logan where she finally was able to finish her degree at USU at the age of 50. She took a position in the Counseling and Testing Office at USU, which she held until retirement. Three boys and three girls were born to Merlene and Loyal.
She was devoted fulltime to raising the children and keeping up with the busy life of a sheepman husband. She was an excellent cook, a great seamstress, a dedicated quilter and a wonderful housekeeper and loved to sing, singing in every choir and group that she could. The death of her husband forced her to work outside the home to support her and the children still at home.
She has always been a devoted and committed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving for years as a Temple Ordinance Worker and as Relief Society President, Primary President and as a fulltime missionary in the Atlanta Temple.
She also supported her husband as he served many years as Branch President, member of a District Presidency and the Stake President of two stakes.
Merlene is survived by five children; Stott Cook, Connie (Charles) Hulme, Bonieta (Devon) Deppe, Dwight (Barbara) Cook and Carla (Ken) Cox, one daughter-in-law, Deena Cook, 34 grandchildren and 81 great-grandchildren.
Merlene was preceded in death by her husband, her son Kent, her parents, a sister Verna and a daughter-in-law Jeanne.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. March 29, 2008, in the Logan East Stake Center, 1450 East 1500 North.
A viewing was held Friday at the Allen-Hall Mortuary (34 East Center) and prior to the funeral services from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Logan East Stake Center. Interment will be in the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive.