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Jean Merlone


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Jean Merlone

Jean Merlone, 86 of Rock Springs, passed away surrounded by her family Oct. 5, 2016, in Salt Lake City. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Merlone died following a lengthy illness.  

She was born on Dec. 11, 1920, in Green River, the daughter of William Edgar Bennett and Ann Anstee.

Merlone attended schools in Winton and Rock Springs and graduated from the Rock Springs High School with the class of 1948. 

She married Charles John Merlone in Rock Springs March 29, 1948.

Merlone was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Community and the American Legion.

Her interests included spending time with her family, fishing, hunting and shopping. 

Survivors include her husband Charles Merlone of Rock Springs; one daughter, Rebecca Mc Tee and husband John of Salt Lake City; one brother, Dick Bennett of Rock Springs; one sister, Lillie Nelson from Salmon, Idaho; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews; very good friends Chuck and Cherrie Dittman and their family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Charles Merlone Jr .; one daughter, Dovie Merlone; three brothers, Leland Bennett, Ernie Bennett and William "Bud" Bennett; and one sister, Lydia Highman. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Vase Funeral Chapel in Rock Springs. Interment will be in the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery. Friends may call at the Vase Chapel on Friday until 4 p.m. and one hour prior to services. 

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