August 04, 1932 – February 22, 2019
Irma Artis (George) Merrifield was born 8/4/1932 to Robert Ray George and Mildred Eystena (Vik) in Seattle, Washington. They moved to Greybull, Wyoming in 1937, and in 1940 they moved to the Cow Creek area in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. She passed on February 22, 2019 after an extended illness.
Irma had a large, caring family: On 4/19/1949 she was married to Raymond Willard Merrifield. They lived in Paradise Valley, Boundary County, Idaho until Raymond’s passing in 1999. Four children were born of this marriage: Larry Ray (Melodee), Robert Alan (Carol), Judy Darlene (Bruce) Ottoson and Jimmy Eugene. The entire family enjoyed square dancing. She is survived by her younger sister Ruthy Verle Kassens, sister-in-law Irene May Rice, Irma’s three eldest children as well as 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. In addition, there are numerous nieces and nephews, some to whom she served as Godmother. She was preceded in death by her parents Ray & Mildred George, son Jimmy in 2016 and her foster brother, Carl (Uhlman) George.
She had a very full life, raising four children and having such close ties with the Merrifield, Voll, Rice, George, Marcy, Nelson, Peterson and Brubaker extended families. She was active as a 4-H leader, Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, Bible School teacher, helped form and support Friends of the Restorium, worked with Hospital Auxiliary, was Secretary of South Hill Water & Sewer, and was involved with Boundary County Aging & Adult Services, Coalition of Families, American Legion Auxiliary and Trinity Lutheran Church. Once all of Irma’s children were in school, she served as the cook at Naples for five years. She was Chief Deputy Assessor for 5 ½ years, worked at Bank of Idaho for 2 years, was Secretary for Road & Bridge 3 years, and ultimately retired after 11 years as Boundary County Treasurer. She and Raymond traveled extensively for ten years before his passing.
She and Raymond enjoyed square dancing, fishing, boating, motor-cycling, camping and planning for their two-week summer vacations for the family. They lived in Yuma, Arizona for several winters prior to Raymond’s passing.
Her family appreciates visits from family members and friends, and especially the nursing and extra care Irma received at The Restorium, The Lodge in Post Falls, Kootenai Medical Center and Ivy Court in Coeur d’Alene.
In lieu of flowers, Irma requested memorials to: Shriner’s Hospital or Trinity Lutheran Church.
Services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bonners Ferry, Idaho at 11:00 a.m.- March 9.
Saturday, March 09, 2019
Trinity Luthern Church
6784 Cody St
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805