Merriel Marie Hawkins

February 23, 1924 - November 17, 2013

Merriel Marie Hawkins

February 23, 1924 - November 17, 2013


Resident of Ferndale, WA.

Merriel Marie Hawkins, age 89, of Ferndale passed away peacefully November 17, 2013 at her Ferndale “Louisa House” residence.

Merriel was born in Los Angeles, California to Merrill and Dorothy (Crowe) Vinson. After an early childhood that took her through Texas and Chicago following her father’s government and military career, she arrived in Blaine, WA and began high school. She was elected a Whatcom County Blossom Time Princess which didn’t go unnoticed by Vernon “Bud” Hawkins. They finished high school together and were married. Bud went to support the war effort and Merriel went to school at the UW in Seattle.

After the war, they moved to Ferndale and started a family and a laundry business “Superior Cleaners”. Merriel worked for the Bellingham Shipyard in the office, and later in the medical field for Dr. Arnold and later Dr. Bergholz, all the time raising two children with Bud. Following Bud’s retirement they traveled in Europe and motor homed extensively across the U.S. They also visited many area beaches and parks with their grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Marsie Sherwood for being her caregiver and friend, and the Louisa House staff. Merriel is preceded in death by her parents and husband Vernon. Survivors include daughter Carol Ann Donelon and husband Jim and son Dick Hawkins and wife Betty, all of Ferndale; 3 grandchildren, Curt Hawkins and wife Cathy of Monroe, WA, Craig Hawkins and wife Jennifer and Kasandra Sasken and husband Jerry, all of Ferndale; 9 great-grandchildren, Megan, Hannah, and Jamie Hawkins of Monroe, WA, Colin, Kyle, and Jake Hawkins and Serena, Logan, and Faith Sasken, all of Ferndale.

Farewell Tribute Information

A private family graveside will be held Friday, November 22, at 12:00 noon at Greenacres Memorial Park. A celebration of life will follow at 1:00 PM at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. Donations Information

Memorials may be sent to United Church of Ferndale or Whatcom Hospice, 2800 Douglas Ave. Bellingham, WA 98225. Donations Links:

Whatcom Hospice
United Church of Ferndale

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1 responses to Merriel Marie Hawkins

  1. Mary Miller says:

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. Death is something that we never get use to. In fact, God’s word refer to it as a enemy. Yes the last enemy that God and Jesus will get rid of is death, because he love us and know the pain that death brings to famiies. I hope these few facts bring you and your family some strength and comfort during your difficult days ahead and time of need.

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