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Merle Hyde-Haroldsen

May 22, 1916 — August 8, 2013

Merle Hyde-Haroldsen, 97 of Orem, Utah passed away peacefully on 8 August 2013. She was born in Salt Lake City Utah on 22 May 1916 to Dennis and Jean Spurrier. Merle married John Waddel (divorced) and later married George "Bill" Hyde in Salt Lake City and they were later sealed in the Idaho Falls, LDS Temple. Bill passed away in 1976. Merle, at the age of 82, then married Edwin O. Haroldsen and spent five wonderful years together before Ed passed away.

Merle served at the Idaho Falls, Provo and Mount Timpanogos Temples for over 30 years. She also served an LDS Mission in the California Arcadia Mission. She loved to play games with friends and family. Merle was very quick-witted with a keen sense of humor right to the end. She cherished the many loyal and close friends she made everywhere she lived. She was able to personally express her love to many of her friends and family the day before she passed. She expressed, "My life has been a wonderful journey and I wouldn't change a thing. I have loved every second of it."

Merle was preceded in death by her parents, brother, husbands, her son Jack Waddel and many close friends. Survivors include; her sons, Randy (Carolyn), Scott (Tawni), Gary (Sharon), Bob (Carol) Hyde and daughter-in-law Donetta Waddel, many Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren.

The family would like to acknowledge the great compassion, care and friendship provided by Summerfield Retirement Community, Timpanogos Regional Medical Center, Aspen Ridge of Utah Valley and Utah Valley Specialty Hospital (Riverwoods).

Merle's graveside service will be held Saturday, 10 August, at the Rexburg, Idaho Cemetery at 4:00 pm.

August 10, 2013 at 5:40 pm | #

I'm so happy Merle's suffering is at an end, but so heartbroken that she is no longer with us.

I have only known Merle a short time, but instantly loved her. I met her just after she moved to Summerfield. She inspired me with her testimony, her humor and her zest for life. We will truly miss her.

We send our sincere condolences and hope you find peace in the many memories you shared.


Debbie Means


August 20, 2013 at 2:33 am | #

Hello to the wonderful family of Merle. I remember her as Merle Hyde here in Rexburg, Idaho. We loved to go to Scott's house. His mom was as said of quick wit and a very fun sense of humor. It was always a fun time as kids to chat and laugh with Scott's mom and dad Bill. I can only remember how kind she was and how lucky Scott was to have such a cool mom. We all had cool mom's as kids. Emma Lu Moss, Carol Wasden, Mrs. Cleverly and my mom Shirley Hart. We could not get into much trouble because all these mom's made it fun for us to hang out and laugh and play. If we ever got in a small bit of trouble we always wanted to go to Scott's house because Merle was always understanding and willing to forgive us and help us make it right. I don't ever remember Scott getting grounded or into trouble. All he had to do is give his mom a big hug and a kiss on the cheek and say "I love you mom" and all was well. Of course the biggest trouble we got in was when we took Aldene Winters cat and threw it high into the air off a 5 foot cement ledge to see if it would land on its feet. When Aldene caught us we ran for our lives, yep, to Merle's house. Boy we could run back in those days. We played lots of baseball and had the coolest cheerleaders in town. Our Moms. When I saw that Merle was 97 yrs old and all she accomplished, all I could think of was how lucky you all are to of had her with you to enjoy for such a long time. My mom Shirley passed away from cancer in 1994 she was 57 years old. Scott I hope life is great for you and you are happy and well. We had a blast as kids and I've always wondered what happened to everyone. I've been in Rexburg forever, building cabinets and enjoying life. Had 3 of my kids go on missions (Iowa, Missouri and Singapore), I have 2 wonderful grandkids. If you ever get to Rexburg I'll buy you a diet Mt. Dew. So Sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose a mom or dad. Be good old man, what 54 or 55 and gray hair maybe no hair. Praying for you all.

Love The Hart's (Rod and Pam) from Rexburg


August 21, 2013 at 3:42 am | #

Randy and Scott, I am sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. She was a very special person. I send my sincere condolences.


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