Bobbie Harris Dawson Merrill, 69, of Longview, Texas, passed away peacefully on Thursday August 18, 2011, at her residence after a short battle with cancer. She was born on March 15, 1942, in Sash, Texas to Loney Clyde Harris and Fannie Bell Cook.
Bobbie grew up in Honey Grove and Longview, Texas, the only girl in a family of boys. She was a loving sister to those boys – competitive, but loving. She graduated from Longview High School in 1960. She married Robert Dawson in 1961, later divorced.
In 1987 she met her husband Leon Merrill through mutual acquaintances and thus began her life in Utah, Kansas, and then back home to Longview.
She used her decorating and remodeling talents to finally create the home she truly loved. Children remember her talent for cooking and baking, and the wonderful foods she would lovingly prepare. Her finesse with wedding cakes, flower arrangements, and dresses made memorable events. She could turn nothing into something with her artistic talents and flair.
But the highlights of her life were her children and grandchildren. She and Leon would drop everything to travel to a baptism, ordination, or anything that involved their family. She loved her family; each child and grandchild was pampered and loved by “Granny”.
Throughout her life she has blessed many with her talents, service and love. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served in many callings, always with a strong testimony of the Savior.
Survivors include her husband, K. Leon Merrill of Longview, Texas; children: Shane (Jamie) Dawson, Mesa, Ariz.; Shamaine (Steve) Oram, Hallsville, Texas; Blake (Amanda) Dawson, Phoenix, Ariz.; Ryan (Kara) Dawson, Sunset, Utah; Becki Merrill, Idaho Falls; Sandra (Duane) Ricks, Rexburg; Janette (Paul) Whyte, Pingree; Lynda (Paul) Heiner, Ashton; and Brian (Barbara) Merrill, Rexburg. Bobbie has 36 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters: “Pete” (Rosie) Harris, Grand Prairie, Texas; Teddy (Gloria) Harris, Longview, Texas; Jerry (Shirley) Harris, Keller, Texas; Jeanette Harris, Commerce, Texas; Maurine (Rex) Hamilton, Providence, Utah; Clendon (Roseann) Merrill, Twin Falls; Devota Gardner, Pocatello; Elaine (Bill) Morehead, Idaho Falls and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Loney and Fannie Cook Harris, and brother Lonnie Harris. Funeral services for Bobbie Harris Dawson Merrill, 69, of Longview were held at The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 with Bishop Chad Newman officiating.
Interment followed after the service at Reed Cemetery in Diana, Texas. The family had a visitation Sunday Aug. 21, 2011 at the Rader Funeral Home in Longview.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LDS Missionary Fund.
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