Merlyn Jane Short died Aug. 7, 2008 after a short illness. She was born Sept. 28, 1939 to Raymond John and Elsie Louise Schroeder in West Allis, Wis.
She graduated from West Allis High School and began her banking career at the West Allis State Bank. She 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.
She was married to Jacque Jay Valiquet in San Diego, Calif. The couple was married 30 years when Mr. Valiquet died Easter Sunday 1987, shortly after moving to Payson.
Mrs. Short then worked as a secretary at the Payson Regional Medical Center Home Health Department.
On Dec. 21, 1996 she married Franklin Forrest Short of Allenspark, Colo. They were married aboard ship and enjoyed a honeymoon cruise throughout the Hawaiian Islands. They enjoyed traveling, making many return trips to Hawaii, playing golf, bridge, and were avid enthusiasts of ballroom dancing.
They attended the Allenspark Community Church, and they were active members of the Hilltop Guild. During the winter months they lived at Good Life Resort in Mesa, until recently moving to a permanent home in Mesa.
Mrs. Short is survived by her husband, Franklin Short; sisters, Dorothy (Louis) Eggemeyer of Mesa and Audrey Jackson of San Mateo, Calif.; two nephews, Scott Hagmaier of Scottsdale and Brad (Jean) Hagmaier of Redondo Beach, Calif.; three nieces, Ann Jackson of California, Barbara (John) Kimmel of Dana Point, Calif. and Jane (John) Columbo of San Carlos, Calif.; stepdaughters, Margaret Daggett of Fort Collins, Colo. and Nancy (Rob) Blazer of Lake Oswego, Ore.; stepson, John (Cindy) Short of Bozeman, Mont.; three step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter; six grand-nieces, one grand-nephew, one great-grand niece, plus many close friends in Mesa and Payson, Ariz. and Allenspark, Colo.
Services were held Aug. 10 at Mariposa Gardens in Mesa.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Arbor Home, Mesa, or the Allenspark Community Church, Allenspark, Colo.