Echo Merkley Allen was born May 24, 1932 in Vernal, Utah to Joseph Nelson Merkley and Mary Luella Swensen Merkley. She passed away November 6, 2017 in Vernal, Utah.
She attended school at Maeser Elementary and graduated from Uintah High School.
Echo married Frank on December 27, 1950 in Salt Lake City. Their marriage was solemnized June 24, 1965 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Throughout her life Echo was involved in many church callings. She and her husband served three missions- as the Dry Pack supervisors, British 1881 Census in England, and as Temple Missionaries at the Dallas Temple in Texas.
Echo is survived by her children Diane (Tom) Reynolds, Susan (Bob) Lynch, Kevin (Cathy) Allen, Cheryl (Kim) Abplanalp, Nancy Jean (Manny) Escoto; 21 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous relatives and friends, including siblings, Joella Richens and Rell (Kathy) Merkley, sister in laws Tharon Merkley and Charlene (George) Merkley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and 8 siblings.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Rockpoint chapel with a viewing Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Blackburn and Sons Vernal Mortuary. Burial will be in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the care and direction of the Blackburn and Sons Vernal Mortuary.
She has lived an amazing and fulfilling life of service and dedication to marriage, her family, and our home. She loves our Father in Heaven and His son, Jesus Christ. She strived to listen to the promptings of the Spirit, and found great joy and comfort in doing so. She loves our Dad with all her heart and soul. They are reunited once more.
Echo will always be remembered by her family as a loving mother and grandmother. She will be missed beyond words, but we are eternally grateful for the time we were able to have with her. www.blackburnvernalmortuary.com