Our Lord and Savior called our Wife, Mom and Nana, Loretta "Lori" (Coty) Mertins, home on January 16, 2021. She was 73 years young.
Lori was born in Merrill, Michigan on July 30, 1947 to Norman E. Coty and Myrtle M. (LeBaron) Coty. Lori grew up in Midland, Michigan, with nine siblings. The stories she would tell of her childhood were always a source of entertainment for her children and grandchildren.
Lori committed to everything she did wholeheartedly - from hosting holiday parties for her entire family, to living her life for the Lord - she devoted her entire being to her family and to her Savior (...and her garden, but that is another story). It did not matter if the task was as small as finding the exact Tic-Tac flavor that each member of her family loved, or as big as planning a family reunion, Lori always did everything with her whole heart. She genuinely cared about the happiness of her family, and it was obvious in everything she did.
Her husband, John, can attest to this, as they spent nearly 50 years together. John and Lori met in Midland, Michigan and were married on September 4, 1971. Together, they created a family, which now includes three daughters, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. The pair raised their girls in a God-loving home, and with the Lord in the center of their marriage, they were able to defeat all that came against them. After living in Michigan, Colorado, Florida, and Idaho, in 2010, John and Lori moved to Powell, Wyoming, to be closer to their grandkids.
Lori was a natural teacher. Though she spent most of her life being a homemaker, she used this gift by teaching children's church, Sunday School and Missionettes, as well as homeschooling her grandchildren. She also enjoyed chatting with cashiers and waitresses, to try to brighten their day, to the distress of her children, who were sometimes embarrassed by her exuberance in public. Lori also loved to be outside working in her gardens, with Spring being her favorite season, as it represented "new life." Since being saved at the age of 29, Lori spent the next 44 years of her life deepening her relationship with Christ through teachings and the study of the Word.
Anyone who knew Lori, knew that she deeply loved and cherished her family. She was a caretaker by nature, she was always the last to sit at the dinner table, and the first to remind us, “you can call me Nana, you can call me Grandma, but you can’t call me late for dinner!” Her grandchildren are blessed to have known this "young-at-heart" Nana - always ready to read, play games, tease, laugh and spoil them.
Lori is survived by her husband John, and their daughters: Carmen Syed, Jennifer Cole, and Leanne (Scott) London; their grandchildren: Jonathan Syed, Zachary and Elyssa Cole, and Mackenzie, Jaighden and Delainey Rayment; and their great-granddaughter Brynnlee McCollum, plus a second great-grandchild due in July 2021.
Lori was preceded in death by her parents, three of her siblings Constance (Connie) Cross, Merlin Coty, and Norman Coty. She is survived by her siblings: Carmen Coty, Gary Coty, Ernest Coty, Madeline (Sue) Vajda, Raymond Coty and Kenneth Coty, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Garland Community Church of God, 900 Sheridan Avenue, Powell, Wyoming, at 3:00 p.m. MST on Saturday, January 23, 2021. Cremation will have taken place, so there will not be a graveside service. A live-stream of the Celebration will be shown on the Facebook Group – “Lori Mertins Celebration of Life.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital or a charity of choice, in Lori Mertins’ name.
"Oh, You can't get to heaven in a putt-putt car, 'cause a putt-putt car won't go that far. All my sins are washed away. I've been redeemed."
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