BURLEY—Jacqueline Lorraine Merrigan, an 89-year-old Burley resident and formerly of Paul, died June 9, 2022 at Pomerelle Place in Burley.
Jackie was born on November 5, 1932 to John and Elizabeth Schaneman Stroh. She graduated from Scottsbluff High School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Jackie met Russ Merrigan at a ball in 1950 and they were married on February 23, 1952. They farmed near Scottsbluff for several years before settling on a farm in Idaho in 1957. Russ moved his family in their new home in North Paul in January 1958. It was a difficult time and they endured many hardships, but hard work prevailed and their farm eventually prospered. Three sons, Pat, Tim and Chris, were born to the couple in Nebraska before the move, and an additional son and daughter, Bill and Lisa, were born in Idaho.
Jackie and Russ worked north of Paul until their retirement in the early 90s. They sold their country home and moved to Paul’s town, then spent their winters in Casa Grande, Arizona. They were part of a large and diverse retirement community at Casa Grande, befriending people from all over the United States and Canada. They lived in Paul’s house for many years and eventually moved to Pomerelle Place in Burley. They loved to travel over the years; visit Mexico, Europe and many places in the United States.
She attended St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Rupert. She was a member of the Alter Society and past president as well as a member of the Homesteaders Club. Jackie enjoyed volunteering at Minidoka Memorial Hospital and also enjoyed playing bridge and golf.
Jackie is survived by her five children and spouses, Pat (Linda) Merrigan of Paul, Tim (Dotti) Merrigan of Santa Fe, NM, Chris (Lynett) Merrigan of American Falls, Bill (Stacey) Merrigan of Imbler, Oregon , and Lisa (Jim) Webb of Boise; 14 grandchildren, Lucas (Jennie) Merrigan, Paige (Chris) Smith, Dylan (Laura) Merrigan, Maggie Merrigan, Lizzie (Andre) Lebron, Tiffany (Dylan) Vanderpool, Nick (Jodi) Merrigan, Stephanie Merrigan, Kacie (James ) Sauer, Riley (Emily) Merrigan, Jeremy Webb, Shane Webb, Shawn Webb, and Quinn Webb; 17 great-grandchildren, Darby, Oscar, Ellia, Nash, Jordan, Lily, Max, Wes, Miles, Lebron, Jaxson, Logan, Ava, Kaylee, James, Sebastian, Madeline and Jamie; one brother, John (Vicki) Stroh of Woodsboro, Md. two sisters-in-law, Joan (Joe) Crouch of Marietta, Georgia, and Norma Stroh of Sidney, Neb., and one brother-in-law, Gary Hahn of Scottsbluff, Neb. ; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband of nearly 68 years, John Russell Merrigan; her sisters, Betty Heilbrun of Scottsbluff, Neb., Violet Rein of Scottsbluff, Neb., Shirley Robertson of Lincoln, Neb., and Jeri Hahn of Scottsbluff, Neb.; and one brother, Roy Stroh of Sidney, Neb.
The rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30 at the Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., Burley, where friends and family can call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The funeral will be celebrated Friday, July 1 at 10 a.m. at St-Nicolas Catholic Church, 802 F Street, Rupert, with Reverend Father Camilo Garcia officiating. A joint urn placement will follow at Paul Cemetery for Russ and Jackie, where military rites will be provided by the Mini-Cassia Veterans Group to honor Russ’ service to his country.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Pomerelle Place and Intermountain Hospice for their compassionate care of our mother.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to St. Nicholas Catholic School or a charity of their choice.
A webcast will be available and maintained at rasmussenwilson.com.
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