Merle Ellen (Harr) Wilkins 1931-2023

Merle Ellen (Harr) Wilkins was born October 9, 1931 to Roland and Hazel (Snyder) Harr in Yuma, Colorado. She passed away December 26, 2023 surrounded by family at her home in Yuma, Colorado.

Merle grew up in the Yuma, Washington County area. She attended several county schools including Wiladel School She rode a horse to school and eventually became the school bus driver at the age of 16. Her senior year she lived above Mustains Grocery Store and graduated from Yuma Union High School.

Bert and Merle were married on May 14, 1950 in Sterling, Colorado they were blessed with five children, Dianna, Sandra, Randy, Melody and Skip. Merle was very active with the Farming, Dairy, Raising Chickens and Dogs. The two of them remodeled several houses in the area including their own home in which Merle continued to live in for the next seventy years.

In her later years Merle’s hobbies kept her busy. She crocheted many miles of thread into doilies. Her other hobbies included Macramé, Oil Painting and Diamond Paintings. She was a very talented lady.

Merle was preceded in death by her Husband, Bert Wilkins; Daughter, Sandra; Son-in-law, Rodney Monk; Parents, Roland and Hazel Harr; Parents-in-law, Goldie and Bessie Wilkins; Brother Edward Harr and wife Alice and brother, Carroll Harr.

Merle is survived by her children, Dianna Monk, Randy Wilkins and wife, Deb; Melody and husband, Dan Kuntz all of Yuma; Skip Wilkins and wife, Pam of Evergreen, Colorado; grandchildren, Thad Monk (Teresa), Clint Monk (Amanda), Trent Monk (Jacqulyn), Jason Monk (Megan), Logan Wilkins (Courtney), Kendall Wilkins (Madison), Hadden Wilkins (Amanda), Becky Kuntz Porteus (Scott), David Kuntz (Elizabeth), Dakota Wilkins (Jenna), Kiefer Wilkins (Amanda); twenty four great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dolores Harr along with numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside Service – Friday, December 29, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at the Yuma Cemetery in Yuma, Colorado with Ryan Noble officiating. Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.

Memorials are preferred to the Kelandy Center.