Myrtle Irene Stewart born on December 7, 1921 one of 5 children born to Martin and Eva Bue in Selma, California died peacefully on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Yuma, Arizona.
Myrtle married Earl Stewart on April 5, 1942 and in 1946 they moved to Yuma with their only daughter, Linda. Earl and Myrtle soon were very active in the Farming and Cattle community. The Cattlemen's Association, The Cowbell's, Sherriff's Posse, Las Amigas Women's Club, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church were a great part of their lives.
During those years their social lives centered around Saturday night square dances at the Ranch, Dove BBQ's, horse riding events, and water skiing on the Colorado River/ Martinez Lake.
Myrtle worked as a bookkeeper for Red Beatty and then Massachusetts Mutual, and upon retirement she volunteered endless hours for their Homeowners Association, St. Paul's and PEO. Her energy was boundless, her love for her friends was endless, and the love for her family was nonjudgmental and unconditional. On Saturdays she could be found at St. Paul's with the Altar Guild polishing Silver and readying the Church for Sunday. Weekly she could be found in her kitchen baking cakes and pies for her friends. After living in Yuma for 67 years, one can only imagine the dear friends she leaves behind.
Myrtle is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jim Thompson of Newport Beach, CA; 2 grandsons, Brad Thompson of San Jose, Costa Rica, and Kyle Thompson of Jackson, Wyoming; sisters, Mary Mesple and Lucille Stark (Wayne) of Fresno, CA; brother, Ray Bue (Barbara) of Fowler, CA; 5 nieces, 3 nephews, and 4 Godchildren. The Family extends an enormous Thank You to the entire staff at Life Care Center of Yuma for their excellent caring of Myrtle the past 15 months.
Myrtle was preceded in death by Earl in 2002.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment at the Church Columbarium. A reception will be held following the service in the Kinsolving room. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in memory of Myrtle Stewart to: The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute/Research Fund for Macular Degeneration, UC Irvine Advancement, 101 Academy, Suite 120, Irvine, CA 92612.
Published in Yuma Sun from Apr. 9 to Apr. 14, 2013.