October 1, 1924 – April 3, 2008
Myrtle was born in sunny Manitoba on October 1, 1924. She died peacefully April 3, 2008 in Cumberland, BC.
She married Bernard Dueck (deceased January 2002) and they had two daughters, Betty and Bernice. They lived in Manitoba until the early 60’s. While on a holiday, they went through Banff, Alberta and were offered a job. They moved there soon after. Bernard and Myrtle parted ways and she followed her dreams to live by the ocean and she eventually moved to Victoria. She married Ed Alexander (deceased November 1976). After Ed’s death, Myrtle set out to see the world and she made a trip to the East Coast where she married Roger DeArburn (deceased December 2007) and lived in Victoria until 1979. She moved to Comox. More recently Myrtle lived in the Special Care Unit at the Cumberland Lodge for the past 3 years.
Her memories will be cherished by her daughters Betty (married to Bruce) and Bernice (friend of Richard). Her grandchildren Belinda (married to Dave), Farley (married to Nicole), and Leanne (married to Ben). Her great-grandchildren Brendan, Eric and Logan. Her step-grandchildren Tony and Ramona.
She was predeceased by her mother and father and stepbrother. Her siblings Gordon (married to Lucille), Jim (married to Barb), Ella, Margaret (married to Albert), Ron (married to Lorraine), Ralph (married to Wanda) and Lawrence (married to Judy). She gave Betty and Bernice the gift of live. She believed that the best gift she could give us girl’s was to live by the golden rule and be independent. Her favourite saying when we asked for advice was, “Let your conscience be your guide.” We thank her for tender care and unconditional love.
We thank the “Angels” at the Cumberland Lodge for their kindness, care and compassion that they gave our Mother over the past 3 years. We thank Dr. Woldnik for his guidance and his caring attitude.
Myrtle will be cremated, no service by request. A commemorative bench has been placed along the ocean in Royston, BC. In lieu of flowers a donation in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 20 Eglington Ave. West, Suite 1200, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1K8.
Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation & Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Rd., Courtenay entrusted with arrangements.