Carolyn Irene Ferris Merrill Bigart died recently.

She was born Jan. 8, 1930, to Gordon and Ora Ferris in Burns.

She married Marvin Ray Merrill on Nov. 27, 1946. He died Feb. 3, 2000.

In August 2000, Carolyn married Tom Bigart and joined his family, which included his son and his spouse, Mark and Nancy; daughter, Glenda; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The last 12 years she and her husband, Tom, traveled the world on many cruises. Tom and Carolyn’s families were a big part of their lives. She enjoyed painting, yard work, reading, her church family and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin; and son-in-law Patrick Hickey.

She is survived by her four children; Lynn Christine Reagan and her spouse, Mike, of Payette, Idaho, Deborah Ray Hickey of Meridian, Idaho, Mark Gordon Merrill and his spouse, Melinda of Tualatin, and Leslie Ann Shoemaker and her spouse Rick of Ridgefield, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Faye Keller of Spanaway, Wash., and Margery Defoe of Bend.

The services were held June 26 at the Elkton Bible Baptist Church.


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