Jamie Mercier

jamie mercier

Jamie Beth Mercier, 35, Moorhead, MN died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her family.

Jamie Beth Mercier was born April 15, 1976 to Lois (Peterson) and Terry Mercier in Crookston, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston. She graduated in 1994 the last class at the old Central High School. Jamie moved from Bagley to Moorhead in August 2010 to be closer to her medical/cancer team.

Jamie had a huge heart and loved people of all ages. Her life's work was as a teacher at Headstart.

The three greatest joys of her life were her three children, Riley John, Sadie Beth and Shelbie Nora. She shared her gift of kindness and care for other people with her children.

Jamie Beth was diagnosed with melanoma on November 23, 2009. She was blessed to have a great surgeon Dr. Garcia and oncologist Dr. Geeraerts from Roger Maris in Fargo, ND. She was able to be part of a drug study to help find a cure for melanoma through Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. For a couple of months it was showing great promise in shrinking all the melanoma tumors. During this time she was able to share this experience with her daughters, Sadie and Shelbie, her Aunt Margie and mother Lois along with several other people helping through prayers, donations of their time, and money. (She really felt very BLESSED for her family.)

She was not afraid of dying because she will be healed and will be with God, but leaving behind her children, family and friends was hard for her to let go.

She is survived by her children, Riley John, Sadie Beth, Shelbie Nora; parents, Lois and Bill Pahlen, Terry and Carol Mercier; siblings, Terry Allen, Mike, and Tracey; grandparents, Phyllis Peterson, Mary Pahlen; uncles and aunts, Margie and Lawrence Amiot, Linda Tucker, Lee and Sherry Peterson; several close friends; several aunts, uncles, cousins; goddaughters, Maisie Lynn Johnson and Haylee Hanse.

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  1. Gold Canyon AZ
    Lois, so sorry to hear about Jamie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your grandchildren. You were always the best so I am sure that you were, and are, a great comfort to Jamie and her family.

  2. Euclid MN
    I have many nice memories of Jamie from school. I know she will be missed by her family. Lois – just want you to know I think of you often. God bless you and your family.

  3. Merrill WII went to Central with Jamie a year ahead of her. So sorry to hear of Jamie’s passing. Take care and God’s blessings.
    Jody Morlan and family

  4. Family of Jamie-

    I am so sorry for your loss but take comfort knowing Jamie’s faith in the Lord was strong. My memories of Jamie are exactly how she was decscribed in her obituary……fun, kind, and good hearted. God Bless your memories of Jamie and her short but wonderful life.

    Mitch & Paula

  5. sergeant bluff iowaSo very sorry to see of Jamie’s passing. She made a huge impact on my son, Dr. Zimmerman’s life, and he grew to tryly love her. May God hold her tightly and let her continue to walk along with her children. Watch and she will be there.

  6. Dear Shelbie and Sadie ,
    I’m really sorry you lost your mom. I never really got to see your mom much but when I did she was very nice. I am thinking about you.
    Your Friend,

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Jamie’s family and friends during this difficult time. Jamie was a terrific friend who was a great listener as I went through a hard transition when I moved to Crookston. We had some great times having sleep overs at both her house and mine…filled with girl gossip, fun and laughter. I will miss her crazy sense of humor, laughter and supportive friendship. May you rest in peace Jamie Beth in the arms of our Lord. Miss you…

  8. crookston MN
    Lois and family: I was saddened to hear about Jamie’s passing. i am so sorry for your loss. May God keep and hold each of you as you cherish the great memories of her life.

  9. Crookston MN
    Lois, You have all fought the good fight for Jamie. She was God’s child always. Now she has returned to him. Jamie and Leah were good friends. We will miss her beautiful smile, contagious laugh and darling dimples. Hang on to your wonderful memories. You will be in our prayers, along with your grandchildren.
    God be with you.

  10. Avon IndianaTerry, Carol and family

    I am so sorry to read about the loss of your daughter. I think of you often and our visits at the Dialysis Center. I will keep you in my thoughts and Prayers. If I were still in Fargo I would be at the funeral to give you support.
    My family decided that I needed to be closer to family members other than the niece who was my only family left in Fargo so they moved me to Avon, Indiana I have been here since April 1, 2011.
    I will be with you in spirit. God Bless you
    Florence Liekhus
    (The candy lady)

  11. Minot ND
    Terry, Carol, Mike, Tracy and kids-

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Jamie left us far too early, but remember that she is no longer in pain and is at peace now. She fought a courageous battle. Her love and memories will always be in your hearts.

    Love and Hugs to you all.

    Tracy, Jacob and Taury

  12. Chippewa Falls WIJamie was very special.She will always be in our hearts.We loved her.We are so sorry for your loss but it is a loss for all of us. God will give you peace and strengh. r

  13. Park Rapids MN
    Rest forever in Gods Loving arms Jamie. I will always remember you and your sweet kind nature. Family my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Jamie,

    I am so honored to have known you, although it was much too brief a time. Sadie and Shelbie are wonderful girls.
    I will miss you.

    My love,

  15. Moorhead MN
    Shelbie and family–I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mom loves you and she will always love you!! You can take a part of her wherever you go. She is with God and He will be there for you too.

  16. Terry, Carol, Mike, & Tracey,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Jamie from when we were kids. I know she will be missed. I think of you all often. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.



  17. Grand Fork ND
    Blessed be the memory of Jamie…

    I remember Jamie as a child/teenager. My daughter,Melissa Hjelden, was a friend of Jamie’s in Crookston.
    Jamie was always pleasant to have around.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these continuing difficult times.

  18. Fargo ND
    I think the girls said it the best. We love you to the moon and back, or as Zoey would say it to you, I love you to the purple moon and back. Jillian, Zoey and I miss you.

  19. Crookston MN
    So many of my high school memories involve Jamie. I am so sad to hear of her passing. God Bless you all.

  20. This is something I shared with Jamie during one of our last conversations Jamie & I had:

    “I have spread my wings of faith to embrace the ‘Wind’, placing my heart in Jesus. I have experienced quiet, ‘everyday’ miracles. His joy has balanced my pain, his power has lifted my burden, his peace has calmed my worries, his grace has been more than adequate to cover me, his strength has been sufficient to carry me through, and his love has bathed my wounds like a healing balm.”


  22. West Fargo ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Jamie’s family during this difficult time. We are so sorry for the loss you are feeling. Jamie fought a long hard battle and is now at peace.

    Love & prayers — Mark & Wanda

  23. Bagley MnYou fought a long hard battle, your love and concern for your children kept you fighting longer then any doctor could have predicted. I hope and pray that when my time comes to leave this earth, I will have half the strength that you did.

    No longer do you have the pain and suffering of a horrible disease, God felt your pain and lifted you up from this world to his glorious kingdom.

    Rest in peace Jamie, your memory will live on forever in your children, family and friends.

  24. Mobridge SDMy thought and prayers are with you Riley, Sadie and Shelby, and with Jamie’s parents and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Jamie is a beautiful spirit inside and out and has touched the lives of so many. I loved her deeply and she will be grately missed. I will continue to pray for you in the days, weeks and months ahead. Jamie will forever be in my heart!

  25. Euclid MN
    Sharing in your sorrow. May you feel the comfort of friends, the love of family, the presence of God.

  26. My dear beautiful friend, I will miss you so very much. You were a true blessing to every life you touched. I will miss our chats, sharing lifes events, laughing and crying together, your smile and your infectious laugh. So many things I will miss but my life has been blessed because you were a part of it.

  27. Warren MnLois and Bill We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter Jamie. Our family will be praying for you during this dificult time in your lives. If there is anthing you need Give us a ring Love and prayers to you and your family

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