Merle Lillian Daley, 89, of Watford City, N.D., passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Trinity Hospital in Minot, N.D., just over a month before her 90th birthday.
Merle was born in Grassy Butte, N.D., to immigrant parents, John Stashuk of the Ukraine in Russia and Zena Zewick Stashuk of Romania on Aug. 1, 1928. She married Floyd Daley on May 24, 1950, at the First Lutheran Church in Watford City, N.D.
Merle was a championship golfer winning the North Dakota State Women’s Golf Tournament at age 50. She was involved with the Watford City golf course for decades. She traveled and volunteered at PGA golf tournaments and met the top golfers of the world. Merle has numerous signed golf memorabilia of both men and women golfers. For many years Merle planted and maintained the flower beds at the golf course and was very proud of her flower bed at the old post office building on Main Street. Merle enjoyed spending time at the lake with family and friends. Merle and Floyd also spent many years during the winter in Arizona.
Merle is survived by two sons, David of Hot Springs, S.D., and Ron Daley of Hazard, Ky.; and daughters, Cheryl Enderud of Dickinson, N.D., and Sandra (Miles) Wollan of Watford City, N.D.; sisters, Agnes Murray and Violet Vick; and half-brothers, Frank, Larry, Lawrence, and Roger Trout.
Merle is also survived by a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she worshipped: Matt (Amy) and Paul (Theresa) Daley; Travis (Kristen) Wollan; Brandon Wollan, Heather (Jim) Luchi, Heidi (Aaron) Trauger, Ryan Enderud, Derek (Jessica) Enderud, Marci (Russ) Murphy, and Nicole (Scott) Crampton; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Merle is preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; parents, John and Zena Stashuk; and stepfather, Fred Trout; brothers, Joe Stashuk and Victor Stashuk; sisters, Lily Miller and Rose Benn; and half-brother, Joey Trout; and daughters-in-law, Amy and Deborah Daley; and son-in-law, Rick Enderud; and grandson, Curtis Floyd Daley.
Merle remained a bundle of energy until the end and even made a call from the emergency room apologizing for missing a bridge game. She had a zest for life and she worked hard all of her life while making many friends in several states along the way.
Her funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 11 a.m., at the First Lutheran Church in Watford City, N.D. Pastor Mark Honstein and Pastor Rob Favorite officiated. A family service was held at 6 p.m., Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home Chapel in Watford City. Interment was in Schafer Cemetery, Watford City, N.D.
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