Merry Geneva Evenson (63), longtime Spokane, Wash. resident, passed away at Sacred Heart Medical Center on January 15, 2023. She was born to Julius and Ileia (Kirkland) Watkins on November 29, 1959, in Spokane, Wash. In her younger days, Merry grew up out in the Benewah and in Plummer. She attended boarding school in Gooding, Idaho at the Idaho State School for Deaf and Blind. Merry later attended school in St. Maries, and at 11 years old in the sixth grade, she was the first deaf person to ever attend an Idaho public school. At the age of 15, she attended school in Plummer, and finished her high school years at Rogers High School in North Spokane. Later, Merry attended Spokane Community College studying for two years.
After high school, Merry met Richard Mills. The couple traveled around working carnivals before settling down in Colorado. The relationship ended, and Merry returned to Spokane. She had her daughter Ileia and worked various jobs to support them. In 1983 she met Sonny Evenson. The couple married in 1984 and had three boys, Sonny, Jeremiah, and Timothy. At this time in her life, Merry was able to stay home to take care of her family as a homemaker. Sonny died on October 7, 2020.