Myrtle Lotto would like all her friends and loved ones to know she has moved from her wonderful home @ Stafford Suites in Kent to a new and exciting residence in Heaven.
Myrtle was born in Auburn on Jan. 28, 1918 to parents Lorena McDaniel (Bull) and Charlie McDaniel. She was raised at Kapowsin-south of Puyallup, with her sister Lois McDaniel (Pritchard), and brothers Bob and Ken McDaniel. She enjoyed school and had relatives who encouraged her towards a career in teaching. Myrtle graduated from Puyallup High School before attending and graduating from Central Washington College. She started her career at Henry Ford School in Renton (1939), where she met her future husband, John Lotto, while having coffee together at Shaws Drug Store lunch counter.
Her husband served as Renton Postmaster for 30 years, and they enjoyed numerous trips together to Mt. Rainier and the ocean. They had four children, John, William, Charles, and Yvonne--and kept the children busy with big gardens, cutting firewood, and enjoying picnics on the Cedar and Green Rivers + outings to Lake Lucerne.
In addition to four children, Myrtle enjoyed her nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A highlight of her teaching career was when she met and learned from Beth Slingerland, the techniques of teaching students with the reading disorder, dyslexia. Ms. Slingerland was a pioneer with this learning challenge and Myrtle always enjoyed helping students and adults overcome this problem--and learn to read.
Myrtle was an Angel on this earth and got her joy out of sharing and supporting others. She was a long-time member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Renton) and of the Mary & Martha Society. She was blessed with wonderful friends and always had a love of mountains and the ocean, where clam digging and eating were always on the agenda. She was famous for her wild blackberry pies, homemade raised donuts, poppyseed bread, and english pudding.
Myrtle had a gentle spirit, graceful presence, humor and wit which were enjoyed by all who came in contact with her. Over the last few years, she was again greatly blessed as she moved to Stafford Suites, in Kent--where she made many new friends and marveled at her new extended family that "adopted" her in their actions and hearts.
She loved crafts and, over the years, made and gave away 1,000's of Angels which now hang in homes/offices/rooms all over south King County.
Memorial Services will be held this Saturday (August 17th) at 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Renton (1024 Monroe NE), with reception following. Interment will take place @ 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Memorial (350 Monroe Ave. NE. Renton).
Remembrances may be made in Myrtle's name to: Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation (restless legs syndrome) and designate your gift for "research".
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 15, 2013