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Merna D. Park

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“I was so lucky to spend an hour a day for the last two years with Merna. She treated me like I was one of her own. We spoke of the lord everyday. She...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Robin Beth Hodgson - saint maries, ID

“Remembrances of Merna: As a new bride I came to Idaho 44 years ago to meet the whole Thurston family, and that of course included the Park family. ...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Patricia Thurston - Sandpoint, ID

“I had the fortune to meet Merna at a luncheon hosted by the Downtown Library and coordinated by her daughter, Debra. Merna and I sat next to each...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Cindy Fenick - Spokane Valley, WA

“Deb and Crys, I'm so sorry for your loss. I only got to meet your mom once at a Spokane is Reading event but I could tell immediately what a...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Eva - Spokane, WA

“So sorry for your loss Crystal Mark Lindsey & Ian... sending love and prayers to all of you today. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Emily Sindt-Wolfe - Coeur d alene, ID

“My deepest condolences to the whole family. Merna was an amazing woman. I keep thinking of the last conversation I had with her in January. We talked...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Annie Gannon - Spokane, WA

“I remember Merna from my days with the St Maries Gazette Record 'way back in the 1970s. She was a real treasure then and, when we re-connected a few...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Al Kiefer - Spokane, WA

“Debra and family: I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that the support from your friends and family will sustain you through this difficult...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Kimberly Strait - Nine Mile Falls, WA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Deb during this most difficult time. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Mike Williams and JoAnn Sanders - MT

“My son absolutely adored Myrna and everytime we walk by her house he proudly states "that's my grandma Myrna's house". I am so thankful that she...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: The John Pugh family - ID

“I looked at the old pictures of the Dyce Family that my mom left and thought about hearing she and Myrna share their memories. I wish I had written...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Dave lewis - Helena, MT


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. Merna Lou May Dyce Park died March 13, 2012 of pneumonia. She was born in Oakland, CA in 1927, and lived in South Dakota and Colorado, where she met her husband, Jerry Park at the University of Colorado. They raised their family in Wisconsin, Illinois and Colorado before moving to St. Maries in 1961 to join her cousin, Dr. W. Dyce Thurston and his wife, Bobby. Merna was predeceased by her beloved husband, Jerry, Dyce and Bobby Thurston, and her sister, Georgette Habeger. She is survived by Sherri Wood and her daughter, Crystal of Rochester, NY; Debra Park (Vincent Schmidt) of Spokane, WA; Ron (Patricia Sweeney) of Santa Cruz, CA, and their son, Jacob; Crys (Mark) Harpole of St. Maries and their daughter, Lindsey and son, Ian; Jill Karber (Vince Martin) of Arlington, Washington and her son, Avery; Phu and Ahn Cong of St. Maries; extended Thurston family; and countless Park and Cong grandchildren and great-children as well as neighborhood grandchildren. Merna served on the Board of the St. Maries Public Library, on the St. Maries Recycling Committee, as an Elder and Deacon of the Community Presbyterian Church, was involved in many other aspects of church and community life and touched more lives than can be mentioned. A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, March 19 at 11 A.M. at the Community Presbyterian Church, 1100 College Avenue in St. Maries. Friends are invited to bring a written memory of Merna, to be read during the service by family members if time allows. A reception will follow services in the fellowship hall of the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Merna's honor may be designated to the St. Maries Public Library, the St. Maries Foundation for Education, or Benewah County Hospice.

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