Merle moved with her family from Preston, NV to Ely, NV when she was five years old. She attended school in Ely, NV.
Merle married William J. Henriod in Austin, NV on August 31, 1952.
She is survived by her husband William J. Henriod of Pleasant Valley, Utah; sons Clarence (Kathy) of Ely, NV, Douglas (Cheri) of Provo, UT and Wayne (Mary) of Ely, NV; eight grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren; siblings Helen Bybee of Ely, NV, Iris Brooks of Elko, NV and Clarence “Jim” Gardner of Delta, UT.
She is preceded in death by her parents Victor B. and Devon Marie Gardner; brothers and sisters; Harrison “Harry”, Levon Morrow, Darrall, Amos, Jane Michels, Lynn and Don and grandson Travis Earl.
Merle was a homemaker, rancher, teacher, but most importantly, a caregiver. She went out of her way to make sure everyone she knew was taken care of. She had a very special way with children, especially those with special needs. She worked endless hours at the ranch cooking, cleaning, irrigating fields, helping put up crops, feeding animals, nursing sick and newborn animals, working and rounding up cows. Then her favorite job, teaching the children at the Partoun West Desert School. She retired from teaching in 2004. Her other passion was going to church at the Trout Creek LDS Church. She loved spending time with family and friends.
Pallbearers will be her sons Clarence, Douglas and Wayne, grandchildren Chad Henriod, Monica Henriod and Lisa Aucklund. Honorary Pallbearers will be Michele and Raymond Maestes, Melody Combs, Randi and Todd Bradshaw, Shannin and Jim Pierce and Erin Henriod.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 20, 2013 at the Trout Creek LDS Church in Trout Creek, Utah, at 11:00 A.M. MST. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Preston Cemetery in Preston, NV at 1:00 P.M. PST.