Doris "Dodie" Gilmore Mertens


Doris "Dodie" Gilmore Mertens died Dec. 6, 2006 in Castro Valley, Calif. Born Feb. 27, 1922 in Lewistown, Mon., Mrs. Mertens graduated from Fergus County High School in 1940 and attended the University of Montana before marrying George James in 1942. George, a U.S. Air Force gunner, was killed in action over Belgium in 1943. She married Harry "Les" Lester Mertens, a Marine veteran of Iwo Jima, on Dec. 24, 1946, in Bozeman, Mont. They settled in Three Forks, Mon. where they raised two children, Mark and Lesley.

In Three Forks, the couple owned and operated the Cut Rate Grocery. They retired in 1969 and traveled the world for several years.

The Mertens settled in Mesa and later moved to Payson.

Among her many accomplishments, Mrs. Mertens was a Girl Scout leader and FHA adviser, as well as a strong supporter of the Three Forks Library and volunteer with the Payson Public Library. She always loved writing and succeeded in publishing one of her stories in Field and Stream.

The couple were active members of the Payson chapter of Marine Corps Veterans, and the Payson Packers hiking group. They were also avid tennis players. After Mr. Mertens died Feb. 22, 2000, Mrs. Mertens moved to Castro Valley, Calif. to live near her children.

Her warm kitchen, inquisitive mind and sense of adventure will be missed. She is survived by her son Mark and daughter-in-law Susan Mertens, of Castro Valley, Calif. and her daughter Lesley and son-in-law David Fichter, also of Castro Valley, Calif. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Mertens' name may be made to the Payson Public Library.

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