Merlene Almira Trice affectionally known as “Mel” was born in Belize on November 8th, 1950 to Gilbert Stephen and Adriana Leslie. She later immigrated to Los Angeles in 1970, where she resided until 2014, when she moved to Utah with her son and then later to Georgia in 2020.
Merlene was a member of St. John’s Cathedral in Los Angeles for 30+ years and shortly after moving to Utah, she found The Episcopal Church of the Good Shephard, where she was quickly welcomed and became a loved member of the congregation. As a member of the congregation, she became involved in a charitable organization providing help to the homeless and the community. Her first year in Ogden, Utah she was elected by the ECW to represent them as a delegate at the triennial. She was also a member of the Ladies Alter Guild. Merlene loved her volunteer work.
Everyone who came in contact with Merlene fell in love with her. She was known as “MOM” and “Grand Ma” by many. She was the most kind-hearted person who would literally give you the shirt off her back, grace you with her contagious smile, positivity and most of all love.
She is predeceased by her Parents Gilbert Stephen and Adriana Leslie and her siblings Daphne McNab Harris, Ralph Whyte and Edward (Pata) Solomon.
She is survived by one brother Melvin (Bert) Bernard and her children Alfonso Avilez, Jefferson Dawson, Edward Flowers, LeRoy (Nelly) Flowers and Donisa Barrett. 14 Grand Children and 3 Great Grand Children.