Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Grandpa

My grandpa passed away last weekend. All-in-all it was kind of a shock. I'll miss him a lot. His grandpa-loupes, raspberries, and millions of pink hibiscus flowers are some of my fondest memories of him as well as his constant testimony of the gospel and his cheery attitude and smile. I'm so grateful for eternal families.

C. Merrill Greenland, 83, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2010 in Murray, Utah. He was born October 9, 1926 in Highland, Utah, to Clarence and Maud (Miller) Greenland.

He attended the Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah, and served as a medic in the U.S. Army during WWII.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the Southern States Mission where he met Florence Poulsen. They were married September 26, 1949 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Merrill loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bore a fervent testimony of the Savior throughout his life. He lived his testimony through his service, especially as a Bishop and as a Jordan River Temple worker for 14 years.

He was raised as a farmer and loved gardening. As a Master Gardener he was famous for his generosity in sharing his flowers, cantaloupes and raspberries. He spent 50 years at Mineral Fertilizer Company and greatly enjoyed his association with the farmers and business associates. He was known as “Merrill, the fertilizer man.”

He is survived by his wife Florence; daughters, Suzanne (Wayne) and Marjorie (Mark); son, Douglas (Cindy); 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

17 comments:

Aloha_Misty said...

Becky thank you for posting this! We are so sad that we won't be able to fly back for the funeral.

Enjoying Life . . . One day at a time! said...

Sorry to hear about your grandpa, he sounds like a wonderful man. I just love knowing the plan of salvation! It always brings such peace at times like this and makes me feel so blessed to have a testimony of it. I enjoyed reading about his life and the legacy he left through his testimony!

Brenda said...

I miss him too. His grandpa-loupes and raspberries are the best! They will always remind me of him. Thanks for the post.

Andrea J said...

I'm sorry for your loss, especially when it comes on suddenly. It can be such a shock to your system. My own Grandpa died on a conference Sunday, so I was feel especially close to him at Conference. Maybe Mother's Day can provide that for you?

Sarah said...

Sorry to hear about your family's loss. He definitely had a full and special life. Glad we have the gospel truths to get us through the tough times.

Matthew and Hillary said...

I'm sorry about your loss. It's always hard to lose relatives. I'm glad you have good memories to hold onto. :)

The Judd Family said...

Becky, I am so sorry to hear such sad news. It is so hard when grandparents pass away. I hope you are doing ok.

Josh.Meagan.Abigail said...

I am sorry to hear this sad news Becky; 83 is still young to me. I hope your grandma and all your family is doing as well as can be.

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing a little bit about this wonderful man - sounds like a life well-lived.

Julie said...

I'm so sorry! Sounds like he was a really great man. I hope your mom and the rest of your family are doing okay.

WX Ences said...

That's a life to be proud of...well lived. Best wishes to you and your family during this time. Sending love and prayers your way!

Mike and Lisa said...

So sorry to hear this Becky. :( My grandma died in January and even though they lived a good long life its still sad to have them leave us and say goodbye.

Kristen Moss said...

sorry to hear about this. hope you are doing well.

Meg said...

Oh I'm so sorry Becky. We are so blessed to know that we will be reunited with our loved ones some day!

Kristen Moss said...

I dont know if it is appropriate to post this on your post about your grandpa, but I am.

LOL you make me laugh. I cannot believe that they just poked your finger. I had to get the full treatment, and they had to take it out of my hand becuase my veins are too small. I am super jealous. And I had to get a shot in my bum bcause I have o negative blood. I am not sure exactly what that means, but it means that if the baby is O positve, my body could kill off the next fetus, next time I get prego. Something about building a defnse against it. Let me tell you, O blood is like gold, becasue any one can take it, but it is more of a pain than a blessing. I have to get a shot after the baby is born as well. FUN.

I am sure that if you had to get it that you already would have, so I am sure you are safe. How are you feeling? How big are ya? You need to do an update post on your pregnancy, cause I want to know how it is going!!!!

Emily Frame said...

So sorry for your loss!
I wanted to say thanks for stopping by & good luck with your delivery! It's funny cause as soon as I felt like I was at the end of my rope it was time to push! Pushing is the mist amazing part, you'll love it! And when you do it will you share your birth story with me? I started this blog but haven't "launched" it yet... naturalbirthstories.blogspot.com

Cami and Mitch said...

Becky! I will for sure call you if we are in Salt Lake again--especially now since I have this present I need to get to you. Please call me if you are down in Provo too so I can get it to you. So sorry I missed the shower. I hope your pregnancy is going great. Are you planning on going unmedicated? (I saw the last comment) I think I might have actually been that girl's nurse...crazy.