Merlene Collard 1916 ~ 2012Merlene Collard, age 96, passed away January 25, 2012 at her home in Nephi, Utah.She was born January 17, 1916 in Levan, Utah to James Andreas and Nicoline Christine Nielsen Christensen. She married Victor LeGrande Collard December 13, 1936 in Nephi, Utah. He died August 17, 1994.She was an active member of the LDS church and served in many callings for her ward. She believed in serving others and was always happy to do so. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, sacrificing her needs for others. She loved Nephi and her friends and neighbors.She is survived by her children, Dean (Katie) Collard of Monticello, UT; Kathleen (Dave) Johnson of Midvale, UT; Ina Jean Crisman of Springfield, Missouri; Marsha (George) Shupe, Montrose, Colorado; 13 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, and 20 great great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Victor; daughter, Nancy L. Kirkpatrick; and 15 brothers and sisters.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2012 in the Nephi 2nd Ward, 222 South 100 East. Family and friends may call Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, 94 West 300 North and one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be in the Nephi Vine Bluff Cemetery.