Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Myrtle L. Young Smith, passed away Sept. 3, 2013, at home in Ashland, Oregon. She was 96.
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Myrtle was born in Tanana on March 31, 1917, the third of 13 children, and spent most of her life in Fairbanks.
She worked with her husband, Stanley Young, to establish the Halfway Inn at 1391 Mile Alaska Highway after World War II. Eventually, the family moved to Fairbanks and built an apartment complex on the old Airport Way. Myrtle worked at the Foodland Bakery for many years before retiring to enjoy grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, Christine Smith, and husband Richard Keck, of Ashland, Ore.; Iola Young, and husband Thomas Aberle, of Juneau; Laureen Young, and husband Michael Parise, of Anchorage; Russell Young, of Fairbanks; her granddaughter, Naomi Harris; and greatgranddaughter Isabella, of Juneau; and grandson Jason Smith, and wife Griffin Smith, of Seattle.
Myrtle's lifetime was devoted to family and friends. She loved to pick berries, cook, bake, sew, knit, crochet, bead and play cards. An avid gambler, she was especially lucky at black jack. She is remembered for her loving smile, her easy laughter, her incredible stories and her sharp wit.
Myrtle's final resting place will be the Northern Lights Mortuary next to her husband, Stanley. Cards and remembrances may be sent to Christine Smith, 75 Bush St., Ashland, OR 97520.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Sept. 10, 2013