CLARKSTON â€” Nounda Merrill-Blattner was born Sept. 13, 1913, in Arco, Idaho. She died peacefully on Friday, July 28, 2006, at age 92 in Clarkston.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carra Lee Merrill; her parents, William Guy Clendenin and Hazel B. Mason Clendenin; brothers and sisters, Jay W. Clendenin, Keith N. Clendenin, Harland G. Clendenin, Evelyn N. Moyer, Marjorie A. Brockie, A. Beverly Donnelley; her first husband, Roy DeWitt Merrill; and second husband, Stanley Blattner.
She is survived by her children, Roy D. and Ina Merrill, of Walnut Creek, Calif., Dale C. and Sandra Merrill, of Bluffdale, Utah, Sharon and Jerry Whitehead and James B. and LaRae Merrill, all of Clarkston; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; her brother, S.L. Clendenin and Teri of Salinas, Calif.; and sister, Sandra and Fred Hays of Moore, Idaho; and many nieces and nephews.
Nounda and Roy farmed in the Lost River Valley for 27 years. Nounda was an active member in the Community Baptist Church and involved in civic affairs. She was the first woman to be appointed chairman of the Butte County School Board, and was instrumental in acquiring building funds from the then Atomic Energy Commission for the new Butte High School, completed in 1952. She was past matron in 1945 of the Order of Eastern Star Friendship Chapter No. 37. She was a 4-H leader for many years, teaching sewing and cooking and interior decorating. She was an active member of the Republican Party and participated with other members of the Lost River community in preparing packages for members of the fighting forces in World War II. She was a respected and loved member of the community.
In 1960, after Roy died, Nounda sold the ranch and moved to town, and then later to Idaho Falls, where she became a successful World Book Encyclopedia district sales manager. During this time she traveled worldwide and finished raising her youngest son, James Brent.
Nounda retired in 1980 and moved to Redding, Calif., where she continued to be actively involved in the Baptist church and many civic activities.
In 1988 she married Stanley Blattner, who moved from Arco to Redding. In 1995 Mr. Blattner, suffering from ill health, returned to Arco to be with family and he passed on in 1998.
After Mr. Blattner returned to Arco, Nounda moved to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., to be with her only daughter, Sharon. In 1998 she moved to Clarkston to be close to James in her declining years. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.
There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Trinity Baptist Church in Clarkston.
Nounda will be buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, in Arco, where a graveside service will be held. The time for this service will be announced at a later date.