Our beloved Mum and Grandma, DeAnn Johnson Merritt passes away peacefully at her home in Turnerville, WY on December 27, 2021
She was born in Fairview, WY on March 18, 1938 to Orson and Louise Turner Johnson. She was the first of six children. She Was raised on the family ranch in Auburn, WY surrounded by her loving parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins. All of them usually gathering at Grandma Johnsons for a piece of homemade bread ab spit jam She had a wonderful childhood where friends and relatives were always at each other’s homes.
In 1954 she met the love of her life O’Dell Merritt. They were married on February 1, 1958 by DeAnn’s Father the Bishop in the Auburn Ward. DeAnn’s greatest joy in her life were her children and her grandchildren. She loved each one unconditionally and served them all her life. Her grandchildren adored her and all the many fun times staying with grandma. DeAnn had a great love for her Father in Heaven. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served faithfully all her life and enjoyed every minute of it.
DeAnn is survived by her children J’Dell (Cindy) Merritt, Jan (Ron) Onkes, Len (Dianne) Merritt, Trudy Staggie, Dan (Barbara) Merritt, Kristy (Gary) Erickson, 33 grandchildren, and 52 great grandchildren. Her siblings Laina Putnam, Caroly Hancock, Jill (Rick) Spjut, and Jed (Lorie) Johnson.