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Merlyn Jane Short


Merlyn Jane Short was born September 28, 1929 to Raymond John and Elsie Louise Schroeder in West Allis, Wisconsin. She died August 7, 2008 after a short illness of three months.

Merlyn graduated from West Allis High School and began her banking career at the West Allis State Bank. She was married to Jacque Jay Valiquet in San Diego, California and enjoyed many years of employment as an Executive Secretary to the Vice President of the U. S. National Bank, later known as Crocker National Bank, San Diego. They were married thirty years when he died on Easter Sunday, 1987, shortly after moving to Payson, Arizona.

Merlyn then worked as a Secretary at the Payson Regional Medical Center Home Health Department. On December 21, 1996 Merlyn married Franklin Forrest Short of Allenspark, Colorado. They were married aboard ship and enjoyed a honeymoon cruise throughout the Hawaiian Islands. They enjoyed raveling, including many return trips to Hawaii, playing golf, bridge, and were avid enthusiasts of ballroom dancing. They have had 13 delightful years together. They attended the Allenspark Community Church, and they were active members of the Hilltop Guild.  Merlyn especially enjoyed golfing with her lady friends at the Estes Park 9-hole course.

During the winter months they lived at Good Life Resort in Mesa, Arizona, until recently moving to a permanent home in Mesa. Merlyn is survived by her husband Franklin Short, sisters Dorothy (Louis) Eggemeyer, Mesa, Arizona and Audrey Jackson, San Mateo, California; two nephews, Scott Hagmaier, Scottsdale, Arizona and Brad (Jean) Hagmaier, Redondo Beach, California; three nieces Ann Jackson, California, Barbara (John) Kimmel, Dana Point, California, Jane (John) Columbo, San Carlos, California; step-daughters Margaret Daggett, Fort Collins, Colorado, Nancy (Rob) Blazer, Lake Oswego, Oregon; step-son John (Cindy) Short, Bozeman, Montana, three step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter; six grand nieces, one grand nephew, one great grand niece, plus many close friends in Mesa and Peyson, Arizona and Allenspark, Colorado.

Services were held at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel, Mesa, Arizona on Sunday, August 10, 2008. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Arbor Home, Mesa, or the Allenspark Community Church, Allenspark, Colorado.

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