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L. Fern Merritt

POLSON — L. Fern (Swope) Merritt, 72, of Polson, passed away June 25, 2010.

Fern is preceded in death by her parents, Fredric and Ellen Green Swope, and a sister, Bertha Goettlich.

She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Rex Merritt; their children, Patti, Bill, Polly, Rose, Barb, Heather, Carolyn, Mike, and their spouses; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Kathleen and Evelene; brothers, Chuck, Clarence, John, Lee, and Ronnie, and their spouses and families.

Funeral services were held June 30 in Lonepine, Mont. with burial following at Murray Memorial Cemetery. The family has suggested memorials to the Special Olympics, the Lonepine Hall, or a charity of choice.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at

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