Merril A. Lytton passed away on Jan. 25, 2013, with her daughters, their husbands and her oldest friend by her side. She was 71 years old.
She was born in Lomita, Calif., on Nov. 28, 1941. She grew up with her sister, Carla, and was involved in archery and Job’s Daughters. In her senior year of high school she met Jerry W. Lytton and they married in 1959. In 1961 they had a daughter, Tracy. Eleven months later they had their second daughter, Gina. They raised their girls in Huntington Beach, Calif. Merril enjoyed sewing, camping and water skiing. Merril and Jerry enjoyed music and spending time with many lifelong friends.
They retired to O’Brien, Ore., and Jerry became ill the first year they were there and he passed away in 1996. That is when Merril began taking care of homebound seniors. She became very close to many of them and made some very close friends. She moved to Idaho to be closer to her daughter and her family and enjoyed a career with First Bank of Idaho. She found a new life and made many, many friends. She loved visiting Sawtooth Animal Center and had a very deep love for her little dachshunds, Jack and Jill.
When her health began to decline she decided to move back to California to be closer to her family. She was able spend time with her daughters and grandsons, of whom she was so proud. She battled cancer and COPD and fought up to the very last day. She was a very strong woman even on her worst days. We will miss her and keep her in our hearts always.
Merril was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Mary Alice Mince, and her husband, Jerry W. Lytton. She is survived by her sister, Carla (Doug) Rice of Nevada; and her daughters, Tracy (Troy Muller) Albert of Laguna Nigel, Calif., and Gina (David) Dussell of Fountain Valley, Calif. She had four grandsons, Brad Dussell, Ryan Albert, Jason Albert and Adam Dussell, all of Southern California. She is also survived by Eric Albert of Newport Beach, Calif., and Mike McMillan of Long Beach, Calif.
In honor of our mother, gramma and friend, a fund has been set up at US Bank under Merril A. Lytton Animal Care Fund to help take care of animals in need. You may go to any US Bank and make a donation, or send in care of Sawtooth Animal Center, 712 N. Main St., Bellevue, ID 83313. A party is being planned in May to celebrate our mom, grandma and friend.