Phyllis A. Merz


SATANTA — Phyllis A. Merz, 70, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.

SATANTA — Phyllis A. Merz, 70, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.

She was born on May 21, 1943, to Harvey Layfayette and Clara Bell Ellis Faurot in Kinsley.

She graduated from Springfield High School in 1961.

On May 31, 1963, she married Richard Arnold in Clayton, N.M. He survives.

She worked for Haskell County District Court from Nov. 21, 1978, until her retirement on Dec. 12, 2008.

Survivors include two sons, Brent Merz of Holcomb and Brian Merz of Garden City; one daughter, Shelley Kuehler of Satanta; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Robert A. Faurot; one sister, Nina Belle Faurot; and an infant brother and sister.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Satanta United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Dudley Township Cemetery in Satanta.

Visitation will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Swaim Funeral Chapel, Sublette.

Memorials are suggested to Satanta United Methodist Church, in care of Swaim Funeral Home, P.O. Box 607, Sublette, KS 67877. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at


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