[Photo courtesy of Spanish Valley Mortuary]

Mom, aka Norma Wyatt, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, crossed over to be with her Heavenly Father on January 14, 2017. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. Mom was born Norma Jean Ellis in 1930 in Moab to Otto and Alice Ellis. In 1949, she married Herbert (Bud) Merz, with whom she had four children.

In 1973, Mom married the love of her life, James Wyatt, with whom she would spend the rest of her life. Mom and Jim were devoted members of the LDS Church, where she was a member of the Relief Society. They chose to be sealed to each other for all eternity in the Jordan River LDS Temple in 1995. After working many other jobs, Mom found her true calling in caring for and helping others. She retired after 30 years as a nurse’s assistant and cook at Allen Memorial Hospital.

Mom had a wonderful sense of humor, and loved time with family, arts and crafts, and dancing. She especially loved playing cards and games with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Wyatt, of Grand Junction; brothers Ray Ellis and John Stocks; sister LaDean Black; children Jeanie Merz, Budd Merz, Jr. (Cheri), Don Merz (Joy), and Gaylene Merz; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 21, at 11 a.m. at the Moab LDS 2nd Ward Chapel, 475 W. 400 North, Moab, Utah. A public viewing is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow the service at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a favorite charity. Mom enjoyed flowers except for carnations, so please no carnations in her honor.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.