Marjorie May Mertens
September 18, 1934 – September 28, 2019
Marjorie May Mertens 85 of Vancouver, Washington passed away on Sept. 28th, 2019. Marjorie was born in Star Lake Township, Minnesota on Sept. 18th, 1934 to Helen and Lee Clapshaw. She graduated in Great Falls, Montana in May of 1952. She then married Edwin Mertens on Aug. 28th, 1952. Besides being a full time mother of ten children, she worked at the school in the lunch room where her children attended Washtucna, Washington. In 1977, she moved back to Minnesota where she was employed at the Ben Franklin Craft Store in Detroit Lake for many years. The Craft Store was only one of Marjorie’s outlets for her many talents. She loved spending her time sewing, painting, quilting, knitting, crocheting, and woodworking. Some of her most favorite pass time activities included spending time with family, playing cards, and yard saling.
She is preceded in death by husband Edwin Mertens, their two sons Ricky and Rex Mertens, and daughter Bonnie Kay Mertens. Also by her parents Helen and Lee Clapshaw, and her sister Betty Dalve, Sharon Sorlie, and Joanne Jones.
She is survived by two sons Bruce Mertens and Roger (Deborah) Mertens, six daughters Yvonne (Raymond) Johns, Bernice Milner, Pauline (Robert) Morrison, Deanna (Patrick) Stottlemyer, Bernadine (Allen) Barnett, and Pamela (Forrest) Lee. Sister Lola Formentini, and brother LeRoy Clapshaw. Also by her Twenty-Four Grandchildren, Forty-three Great-Grandchildren, and Two Great-Great-Grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Marjorie will be held in Vancouver, WA at the Vancouver Funeral Chapel on October 12th, 2019 at 2:00 PM, located at 110 East 12th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, October 12, 2019