NELSON, Myrtle Ida
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Peacefully passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Dinsmore Health Care Center with family members by her side. Myrtle was 84 years of age. Myrtle was born September 2, 1928 to Cam and Hazel Turner of Wiseton, the fourth of five children. Myrtle was a farm girl at heart. She was a strong believer in the love of family and enjoyed special friendships that have lasted her whole lifetime. Myrtle attended Normal School in Saskatoon and became a teacher. She taught school in the towns of Macrorie and Bounty. While in Bounty, Myrtle met Hazel Dallas (Nelson) who would become a dear life long friend. Myrtle married Holt Nelson on September 14, 1948 and together they farmed the Nelson family farm. Myrtle loved to garden and her flowerbeds were gorgeous. Beautiful flowers lined the driveway of their yard. Myrtle loved to do the summer fallowing and harrowing on the farm but her favourite farm job was being the truck driver during harvest. Holt and Myrtle farmed the family farm together with Ron and Dorie Leavins and the four of them shared many fall days discussing the harvest's progress over coffee and muffins. Myrtle and Holt had two children, Donna and Elton. Myrtle dedicated thirteen years of her life giving special attention to her son who passed away in 1966. Myrtle was a member of the Wiseton UCW and the Wiseton community groups. She loved being a part of the community she was born and raised in. The Manson girls from up the road, Laurie Wilkie, Hazel Nelson, Ettie McConnell, Edyth Ptolemy, Louise Kemp, and Dorie and Barb Leavins became Myrtle's "birthday girls" who showed up every year on her birthday and what a party they all had! She loved her friends. Holt and Myrtle's winters were spent in Saskatoon where they both enjoyed curling. Myrtle was a member of the Hub City, Sutherland and Exhibition Curling Clubs. In the summer, Holt and Myrtle enjoyed their holidays fishing at Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park. There were always lots of friends and neighbours at the lake too so there was always lots of fun to be had. In the mid 70s Holt and Myrtle began spending their winters in Florida where, for 31 years, they enjoyed meeting new folks, playing shuffleboard and spending time at the beach. They both enjoyed watching the spring baseball games. Myrtle was always excited to see family from home come to visit them in the sunny south. After Holt passed away in 2008, Myrtle stayed on the farm for a couple of summers. A stroke combined with the beginning of Alzheimers made it necessary for Myrtle to move into the Dinsmore Health Care Centre where she resided until her passing. Myrtle is survived by her daughter, Donna (Terry) Billingsley of Duchess, AB; grandsons Mark (Marlo) Harbicht and Ryker & Ronin of Brooks, AB, Joel Billingsley (Jillian Hicks) of Fort McMurray, AB, Dwayne (Sherri) Billingsley and Brayden & Kira of Chestermere, AB, Darcy (Amanda) Billingsley and Ryan & Eric of Calgary, AB and granddaughter Shawna Billingsley (Gary Lou) of Chestermere, AB; her sisters Edyth Ptolemy of Dinsmore and Faye (Lloyd) Jones of Regina, SK; brothers & sisters in law Ettie McConnell, Ron & Dorie Leavins, Myrtle Jones, Leeta Tucker & Mike Yablonski and Tommy Morton, as well as many nieces and nephews. Myrtle's family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at the Dinsmore Health Care Centre who provided her with a safe and caring environment to reside in. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wiseton Memorial Hall, Wiseton, Sask. Interment will take place in the Holt Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Dinsmore Health Foundation or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are in care of the Outlook Funeral Chapel.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Jan. 28, 2013