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Tharon Warburton Merkley

April 11, 1924 ~ February 17, 2021 (age 96)


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Tharon Warburton Merkley, age 96.

Our Beloved Tharon Warburton Merkley returned home on February 17, 2021. Tharon was born on April 11, 1924 to Leroy Warburton and Maybell Hansen Warburton in Vernal, Utah. She married the love of her life Tad Borden Merkley on December 13, 1941 they had 5 children.

 Mom loved to make candy and chocolates at Christmas time, she made the best donuts ever and she liked making birthday cakes and wedding cakes for children and grandchildren. Mom also liked doing crafts of all kinds.

She was involved with the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, New Life Training Center and helped with a lot of school activities for her children.

She held several church positions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Tharon is survived by Ronnie and Connie Merkley of Vernal, Utah; Tal and Wyoma Merkley of Vernal, Utah; Karleen and Steve Deifel of West Valley City, Utah; and Teriann and Robert Nash of West Valley City, Utah. Tharon was blessed with five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Maybell Warburton; sister, Betha Warburton; brothers, Vern Warburton and Laird Warburton; spouse, Tad Borden Merkley; daughter, Marlayne Merkley; granddaughter Jodene Merkley Perez; and great-great-grandson Ryker Hayes Thacker.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the  Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Viewings will be Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. and one hour prior to serves all at the Mortuary. Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park, under the direction of Blackburn Vernal Mortuary and Cremation Care.


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 Service Program


Funeral Service
February 25, 2021

11:00 AM
Blackburn Vernal Mortuary
15 East 100 North
Vernal, Utah 84078

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