Merle Dunaway

Merle Lee Dunaway went to become a heavenly organist June 24, 2019. Merle appreciated the opportunity of playing the organ and piano for many funeral and church services. She felt this was one of her heavenly blessings. She was born July 13, 1948.

Merle was preceded in death by her parents, Bud and Adell Pearce Lee, sister Carol Lee, and son Jim D. Dunaway.

Merle grew up in Taylor, with her brother, Guy Lowell Lee (Laurie); sister, Carol Lee (deceased); sisters Anita Lee Mills (Jeff) and Marsha Lee Washburn (Cauy). They were blessed with a lot of amazing Pearce, Hatch and Lee cousins and wonderful aunts and uncles.

Merle graduated from Snowflake High in 1966. She met Jim A. Dunaway during her senior year, after he was discharged from his four years of service in the Air Force. Merle enrolled in Rose-Mar Beauty School in July 1966, graduated in May 1967 and married Jim June 30, 1967. They made their home in Taylor and Jim worked at the Paper Mill for 40 years. Merle worked in the beauty business some during their married life. Merle also got her real estate license and enjoyed working with her real estate broker/sister, Anita Mills.

Merle felt that her most precious blessing in life was being a mother to five beautiful, handsome, talented children. They were the light of her life. Son Jim D. Dunaway (deceased). Surviving children, in-laws and grandchildren are: Jack R. Dunaway (DeDe) and children, Colton, Shylow and Shawntell (Darrin Forsyth); Jeff M. Dunaway (Lisa) and children Emilie, Logan, Bryson, Devin, Leah, Nixon and Seth; Jill Parry (DeWitt) and children, Nathan (Stephanie) and Sativalana, and K.J. Parry; Justin C. Dunaway and children Roxie Overly, Luxie and Trex; and great-granddaughters, Tesslei Ryan Sarazin, Rylie and Hailee Forsyth.

Merle enjoyed serving on the Taylor Town Council and was proud to be from Taylor and the heritage of her founding Pearce and Standiford forefathers. Jim and Merle had the opportunity of traveling to many beautiful countries and enjoying several cruises. The world has many beautiful places to visit, but there’s no place like the good ol’ USA. Merle was grateful for her membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and for the opportunity of serving in all of the Women’s auxiliaries. She loved serving for 10 years in the Snowflake Temple, until she contracted ALS. Merle was grateful for the opportunity of attending many beautiful temples in several states and took comfort in the love and peace present in the House of the Lord.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 5, at the Centennial Chapel, 880 N. Centennial Blvd in Taylor, with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery.

Owens Livingston Mortuary-Heritage Chapel of Snowflake handled arrangements.

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