Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

7777 West 29Th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO


Betty Joyce Merrell

August 8, 1927July 13, 2019

Betty Joyce Merrell was born on August 8, 1927 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Betty was born at 5:15 am and passed away on July 13, 2019 at 5:15 pm

Betty was the daughter of Clifford and Myrtle Peterson. She met Dean Merrell at Saint Olaf College and they were married on June 19, 1948. They lived in Superior, Wisconsin until 1960 and settled in Colorado.

She is survived by her daughters Marcie (Tim) Olson, and Patti (Tom) Hall, grandsons: Teig (Gail) Olson, Turi (Megan) Olson, Zeb (Renee) Pike, Zach (Alicia) Pike, and five great grandchildren: Dillon, Zachary, Adelaide and Magnolia Pike and River Olson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Dean, sister Vonnie, and brothers Arleigh, Clifford, and Dick.

In lieu of flowers, please consider mailing donations to:


  • Ruth's Circle, King of Glory Lutheran Church, WELCA (Women of the Lutheran Evangelical of America)


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 20, 2019


Betty Joyce Merrell

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Patti Powel

July 18, 2019

I will always remember Betty with her shoulders lifted up and her nose scrunched giving me a mischievous smile and a giggle. She was my second mother when I needed one and I will forever be grateful for her warmth and care. I know she was ready to be with Dean again, but we will all miss her impish personality and love - and that smile (just look at the photo)!