Merle Adele Brownell

January 21, 1947August 3, 2018

Merle passed away on Friday, August 3. She was born on January 21, 1947 to Joseph and Clelia Kovatch.

She was affectionately known as Merlee, Gama, Aunt Merle, Grandma B and to her siblings as “Blab” since she could never keep a secret.

Merle had a simple personality. She simply loved everyone. Her “family” never stopped growing because she “loved” new people into her life wherever she went.

She had physical struggles for many years but she was always positive and had a kind word or expression of love for everyone lucky enough to know her.

She was preceded in death by both parents, three sisters, Roni Jo, Jerri Rae, Terri Jean, and her eternal companion, William “Bill” Brownell.

She is survived by Vicki Reinhold (Dee), Richard Kovatch, Marvin Kovatch (Karen), Mark Kovatch (Stacie), her four sons Joseph Strong (Holly), David Strong (Holly), Matthew Strong, James Strong (Jaime), 15 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Merle is loved and will be missed by many. ‘Til we meet again, we love you Merle!

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 8 at 12:00 pm at the Municipal Park LDS Ward, 5930 South 2200 West, Roy, Utah. Viewing will be held prior to the service from 10:00 am – 11:50 am.


  • Richard Joseph Kovatch, Father
  • Clelia Amy Stokes, Mother


  • Viewing Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Merle Adele Brownell

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