Merrie June Hall Winkler
1928 - 2020
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On September 4th, 2020, Merrie Winkler left this earth at the age of 92. Although born in the San Francisco area, she lived most of her life in Cortez, CO. She spent her youth at Mesa Verde National park as her parents Ansel and June Hall were the owners of Mesa Verde Company. She was a graduate of UC Boulder and went on to marry William Winkler in 1949. Together they took over the family business and she spent her life dedicated to traveling to remote areas to buy authentic and quality hand crafts from Native American tribes of the southwest to sell to visitors from all over the world.

Merrie is survived by her husband Bill of 72 years; 5 children, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Merrie was known for her compassion, contagious spirit and her great sense of humor. If she were to write her own obituary she would probably make note that WalMart has lost a very good customer. She will forever be known for her ability to make the world laugh.

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Published in The Journal on Oct. 12, 2020.
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October 16, 2020
I have several special memories of Merrie. I attended the Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in the mid-sixties where the theme was concerned with the population explosion. "Have one, adopt one" or "Stop at two" were some of the slogans at that time. Well, I already had seven, - and it really couldn't be retroactive! Merrie consoled me by assuring me that we were making a big contribution by raising large families who would be good citizens and assets to the community... Jonathan and my son Mark were good friends and Jonathan was best man at Mark's wedding...Long ago Bill and Merrie hosted an open house. The centerpiece on the refreshment table was a cheese ball covered with slivered almonds so that resembled a pine cone! She was very creative. Most of all, I remember her joie de vivre!
Mary Ann Ott
MaryAnn Ott
October 15, 2020
Oh my sweet Merrie. I will miss everything about you, from your darling personality, to your kindness you have shared since the day I met you in the early 70. Thanks for the memories lady. I love and miss you.
Melissa Soden
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