Obituary for Feb. 4, 2013

By Baker City Herald February 04, 2013 10:11 am

Merle Singley

Baker City, 1921-2013

Merle Mitchell Hanby Singley, 91, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 29, 2013, at Ashley Manor in Baker City.

Her family extends a very special and heartfelt thank you to the staff and caregivers at Ashley Manor for their loving care to Merle.

There will be a visitation for Merle from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 2625 Hughes Lane. It will be conducted by Bishop Parker Ussery.  Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Merle was born on Nov.  19, 1921, at Cove to Smith Hyatt and Chloe Burns Mitchell. She was the seventh of 12 children: four girls and eight boys. When Merle was 6 the family moved to Baker City.  Merle graduated from high school in Baker and then went to work at the Orpheum Theater as an usher.  She met her husband, Walter Harden Hanby, at a dance. They enjoyed dancing at the Grange halls. They had three children: Cheryl, Gary and Dennis. Harden died in November 1961.

Merle enjoyed crocheting, music and dancing, working in her yard and singing in the choir at church. She was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

She served in many positions throughout her life. She was a temple worker at the Boise Temple for 10 years. She loved her time working at the temple, before health reasons caused her to be released.

Merle worked as a substitute rural mail carrier for 11 years at the Baker Post Office. She then worked inside the post office as a clerk carrier and later as a window clerk. She retired in July 1983.

Merle married Frank Singley in 1972. He died in 1985.

She loved her family, and enjoyed many special occasions with them throughout the years. She is loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her three children, Cheryl and Harold “Mike” Webb of Baker City, Gary and Lynne Hanby of Kent, Wash., and Dennis Hanby of Baker City; 12 grandchildren, Valerie Edelmayer, Lana Goodwin, Lane Webb, Casey Webb, Matthew Webb, Kirk Webb, Jesse Webb, Sara Barnett, James Hanby, Darcy Hanby, Tyrel Hanby and Crystal Atkinson; 31 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Clair and his wife, Rose Mitchell, of Arizona, and Delbert and David Mitchell, both of Boise; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harden and Frank; her parents; five brothers; and three sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humanitarian Fund or Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.