Bertha was the youngest of six children (Effie, Wayne, Lynn, Golda and Dean). She was the last generation of her family to return to our Heavenly Father. She grew up on the family farm in Syracuse and then they moved to the farm in West Point, Utah. She attended Davis County school and graduated from Davis High School. She attended Utah State University and then worked at Hill Air Force Base during World War II.
Bertha married Wilford Merrill Halling, Jr. of Mantua, Utah, on May 7, 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple. He had just returned from service in the Merchant Navy during World War II. They built a house in Clearfield where they raised their six children across from their mother “Gramy” Hazel Criddle and sister Golda (Monroe) Parrish and her family. The wonderful neighbors at 100 North Street in Clearfield and the members of the Clearfield Third Ward played an important role in their lives.
Bertha painted porcelain plates, crocheted blankets and tattered baby shoes and doilies. She was known for her excellent cuisine, but her specialty was preparing, serving and sharing fantastic cakes. She was a talented seamstress and sewed many things from doll clothes to beautiful wedding dresses. Merrill grew a fantastic garden and Bertha kept hundreds of bottles of fruits and vegetables every year. They planted, grew and harvested apples from their 500 apple trees. To the delight of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she always kept her M&M machine full of candy. She has blessed many lives with her positive attitudes, wonderful example of selfless service, and great sense of humor.
Bertha and Merrill have always been active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in Primary and Relief Society. They kept an updated temple recommendation throughout their lives and served as ordination workers at Ogden Temple for 12 years.
After Merrill’s death in 2001, she had her new home built in Kaysville, Utah, near two of her daughters. She spoke at stake conference when she was 95 years old. She was an active member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
She leaves behind her six children: Merilyn (Dale) Johnson, Kaysville; Colleen (Scott) Ostergaard, Kaysville: Marsha (John) Hall, Oregon; Delbert Merrill (Linda) Halling, Michigan; Dan Criddle (Allison) Halling, Michigan; and Marvin Wilford (Shelly) Halling, Hyde Park. She has 35 grandchildren; 69 great-grandchildren; and will soon have two great-great-grandchildren. She was called “Gramy” by her grandchildren and “Gramy-Great” by her great-grandchildren.
She has been blessed with many wonderful nieces and nephews and other family members. She was also blessed with many friends, neighbors from Brookshire Hollow, and members of the Kaysville 12th Ward. In the past few months she has been lovingly supported by Noa Saafi, her carer and dear friend, as well as by hospice nurses. She was blessed with ancestors who sacrificed so much for the Church and this great land of America. She is very much missed.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Kaysville 12th Ward Chapel, 1039 East Crestwood Road, Kaysville, Utah. Friends can join the family on Friday evening, January 7, 2022, at Russon Mortuary, 1941 North Main Street, Farmington, Utah, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., or before the funeral services at the church on Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to . visit 10:30 am.
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