Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, LaRae Dockstader Merrill, passed away Nov. 7, 2018 in Preston, Idaho. She was born on Oct. 21, 1930, on the family farm in Mink Creek, Idaho.

            On Sept. 11, 1950, she married DeMar W. Merrill in the Logan Temple. They made their home in Preston, Idaho and were blessed with six children. She worked at Ireland Bank for many years. DeMar and LaRae also owned The Shoe Store in Preston.

            LaRae loved golfing, crocheting and quilting blankets for her grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, DeMar; her father, Chancey; her mother, Mae; her stepfather, Earl Davis; brothers, Keith and James DeMont. She is survived by her children, Mike (Sandy); Steve; Robert (Jean); Kent (Loralee); Kirk (Charleen); and Karen (Kip). She is also survived by 30 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at 12 pm in the Preston 9th Ward Chapel , 310 North State in Preston, Idaho. A viewing will be held on Monday, Nov. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. prior to services at the Chapel. Interment will be at the Preston Cemetery. 

            The family wishes to express a special thanks to Dr. Beckstead, all the caregivers at the FCMC Transitional Care Center and for the support of special friends and neighbors through the years.

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