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Paula Diane (Kinzer) Merwin

Paula Merwin, 69, passed away at her home in Prineville on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 after losing a brave battle to cancer.

She was born to Harold and Ruth (Young) Kinzer on July 12, 1945 in Prineville. Paula married John Merwin on July 6, 1970 and the couple enjoyed 44 years of marriage. Over those years, Paula and John made their livelihood tug boating on the Columbia River, and ranching in Paulina’s “Upper Country” and in the Chewaucan Valley of Paisley.

Paula’s friends and loved ones will most remember her wonderful sense of humor and her nurturing instinct. She was a proud member of the PauMau Club.  Paula was a talented and generous cook. She loved to garden and she had a soft spot for animals.

Paula was a true patriot and an ardent fan of President Reagan. Her friends and loved ones will remember a woman whose faith and hope made her both brave and wise and she will be sincerely missed.

Paula was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Dennis Kinzer.

Paula is survived by her husband, John; son, Paul Merwin; daughter and son-in-law, Mollie and Dennis O’Leary; brother, Allen “Butch” Kinzer; sister, Carol (Kinzer) Buzard; granddaughters Julia and Ashley O’Leary; and a large extended family.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 at Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville.

Please visit the website; www.prinevillefuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and leave condolences for the family.

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