Merrilee Ann Wynn, 73, of Shawnee, departed this life Jan. 3, 2018.

Merrilee Ann Wynn, 73, of Shawnee, departed this life Jan. 3, 2018.

She was born Sept. 15, 1944, in Denver, Colorado, to Rex and Mary Farris.

Merrilee went to Woodrow Wilson elementary and graduated from Shawnee High School. She moved to live with her Granny (with whom she was very close) in Washington for a short time.

Merrilee joined the Army, and while stationed in Alabama, met the love of her life, Lester L Wynn Sr. They were married Dec. 1, 1965. She was honorably discharged from the Army. She was a devoted wife and mother, and cherished by her immediate and extended family alike. She was actively involved in her children’s lives and was a room mom and a member of PTA. She was the “go-to” person for organizing events like fundraisers and various events.

Merrilee was quite active in the Camp Fire organization; she was a group leader and served on the local board of directors. She was the program director for day camp over several years, at Camp Candala as well as a unit director at the residential camp, Camp Shahama. Merrilee also volunteered in the Camp Fire office a lot over the years. She was a member of the Shawnee First Church of the Nazarene, and was a member of the choir for several years.

Merrilee was a talented artist and created many beautiful projects, from drawing, calligraphy, painting, beading, floral arranging, sewing and embroidery. She also excelled at teaching children and adults alike, and spent some time as a tutor at Gordon Cooper Vocational School.

Merrilee was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Carrol Fields and nephew, Michael Rider.

Merrilee is survived by her husband, Lester L. Wynn Sr.; children, Lester L Wynn Jr. and his wife Melissa Wynn and Melissa Bryan and her husband Edward Bryan; grandchildren, Jennifer Wynn, Daniele Wynn, Brittanie Aguirre and her husband Jacob, Micah Wynn, Ty Wynn, Mary June Wynn, Chase Bryan and Rhys Bryan; sisters, Ella Farris, Peggy Rider and Debbie Farris; brother Roy Farris and his wife Beverly Farris; brother-in-law, Ron Fields Sr.; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial service is 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 8, at Blackburn Chapel.