Barbara Ann Stephenson1943 ~ 2012Our mother, grandmother, sister, and friend left this earth to return to our Heavenly Father on January 7, 2012. She passed away at the Woodland Park Care Center in Salt Lake City. Barbara fought hard from suffering acute renal failure. Barbara was born in New Mexico to Vern Clark Merrell and Katheryn Mortenson, on January 7, 1943. She was the youngest of seven children. Barbara was a loving mother and grandmother. She often went to sporting events to cheer on her children and grandchildren. She loved to play the piano and organ and was very talented at both. She served as organist in her ward for many years and enjoyed this opportunity to serve. She also loved to dance. She belonged to a square dancing group that traveled often to perform. Barbara is survived by daughter Annette Barron with husband Davy and children Brandon, Jennifer, Jessica; son Terry Mitchell with wife Cheryl and children T.J., Rylee, Sydnee; son James Stephenson with wife Karen and children McKenna, Brenna, son Jeffrey Stephenson; son Derek Stephenson with wife Joanette and children Alyssa, Kristen, Craig, son Matthew Stephenson with son Jacob. Barbara is also survived by her oldest sister Florine Whiting. She was preceded in death by her husband Craig, her parents and siblings, Carl Merrell, Burdell Merrell, Dan Merrell, Melvin Merrell, and Nelda Harmon. Friends and family may visit at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services at the Olympus 6th Ward Building, 3070 Nila Way, Salt Lake City, Utah, on January 12, 2012. Burial will be in the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice. The family would like to thank all of the many friends who visited with Barbara. She knew she was loved as the end grew closer. Until We Meet Again, by Injete ChesoniDeath is a brief separationA temporary painGrieve not my dearThe sun will shine againDeath separates our bodiesBut our hearts remain the sameAnd the memories of our love Will soothe away your painAnd carry you overUntil we meet again