Merle Renee Clarke (Robinson) Pederson passed away Feb. 11, 2015.
Merle was born Aug. 30, 1924, in Rathdowny, Queensland, Australia, the daughter of George and Caroline Robinson.
Merle met Donald Ole Pederson while working at Enwrights store in her home town of Rathdowny. Donald was working as an MP at the nearby Round Mountain U.S. military prison camp. It was once said, he would bicycle into town or even stop by in a military vehicle full of “cat calling occupants” on the way to or from the camp during their courtship. Merle and Don were married Nov. 6, 1944, in Rathdowny.
After the end of World War II, Merle made the journey to the U.S. on one of the U.S.-bound “war bride ships.”
They started their married life at the Torgrimson Ranch on Fiddler Creek just outside of Fishtail, where they raised dairy cattle and sheep. Later they moved to Whitebird Creek between Columbus and Absarokee where they lived and ranched until their passing.
During Merle and Donald’s married years, they enjoyed many years of square dancing and playing bridge.
Merle also worked at Line Drug and Bertha’s Department stores in Columbus for many years.
Merle was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers and sisters in-laws and many good friends. Merle leaves behind her three children, Karen (Jerry) Krug, Steve (Sheila) and Mark (Sue) Pederson; four grandchildren, Shelton, Paul, Katie Pederson and Carrie Krug; and special friend Rich Lloyd. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families, both of the U.S. and Australia.
During Merle’s final year she lived at the Tendernest in Laurel. We would like to thank them for the wonderful care.
Memorials may be made in Merle’s name to a charity of your choice.