Sadly, we announce the death of Nellie Myrtle King (Feltham), on November 8, 2020, at the age of 102, in Fort McMurray, Alberta. His was a life lived graciously. Thoughtful, witty, charming and impeccably polite, she touched many lives. She leaves us with wonderful memories, her words of wisdom, and lots of smiles and laughter.
Myrtle, as her family and friends called her, is survived by her daughter Barbara Brown and her husband Bradley of Fort McMurray, her stepdaughter Marjorie King of Cambridge NS, her sister Eloise Martin of Clarenville NL, her grandchildren beloved Adrienne King (Jon Seary) of St. Phillips NL and Taylor Brown (Wendy Wong) of Edmonton AB, four cherished great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Andrieux (Jean-Pierre), Wayne King (Linda), Janice King (Glenn Coates), Paul Martin (Robin), Denise Martin and special friends Sadie Thistle, Betty King and Brenda Lacroix. Myrtle was predeceased by her husband William R. King, her son James, her great-grandson Matthew Seary, her sister Bessie Thistle, and her brothers-in-law George Thistle and George Martin.
Myrtle, was born in 1918 to Martin and Annie Feltham in Deer Island, NL. When Myrtle was almost a year old, she and Annie moved to Broad Cove to be closer to family. They moved while Martin worked in New York City as an ironworker with the team that finished the top of the Empire State Building.
Myrtle became a teacher and began her career in one-room schools from Bauline to Carmanville to Port aux Basques, before returning to teach in Broad Cove. It was here that she married William Reginald King, who ran the family general store. They started their family with the birth of a son, James, in 1946. Soon after, they moved to Corner Brook and the family grew with the birth of a daughter, Barbara. The family moved for the last time in 1964 to St Johns, where Myrtle worked for several years as a switchboard supervisor at Janeway Children’s Hospital. Myrtle and Bill developed a large circle of friends and entertained each other frequently. She loved to cook and try new recipes and always the gracious hostess, took pleasure in seeing others enjoy the fruits of her labor. All guests were warmly welcomed with a teapot and plates full of delicious pastries. She had a regal quality that she successfully associated with the ability to put everyone in her company at ease. His attention to proper etiquette was based on a desire to be courteous and considerate of others. Myrtle was a wonderful host and guest. She could talk about all kinds of topics, from world events to baseball. She was funny and genuinely interested in what other people were doing.
She was elegant and always impeccably dressed. Myrtle had a knack for rocking the perfect outfit for the occasion, and she had the most gorgeous hair, which she kept perfectly styled. She was classically beautiful and this emphasized her stately manners. In 1995, Myrtle joined Barbara and her family at Crowsnest Pass AB, before moving to Fort McMurray in 2002. Beneath the charming and engaging personality was a strong, unwavering will to be reckoned with. Myrtle survived the loss of her husband and son. She lived through the 2016 Fort McMurray fire and its aftermath, which saw Barbara’s family lose their home, and a long illness resulting in a five-month hospital stay. His life was interrupted by two global pandemics. Yet she endured it all with stoicism and dignity. She seemed truly invincible. She gained wisdom from her life experiences, and anyone who spent time with her will remember hearing at least a few of her words. Some were preceded by “It’s like the old woman who…” Some stood alone like “When you would do good, evil is always present.” If someone was acting up and having a hard time calming down, you might hear, “You’re exasperated by the weather. His whole family has at least one that regularly comes to mind. If they’re lucky, her beautiful alto voice will tell. The last place Myrtle called home was the Rotary House Seniors Lodge. She moved to this beautiful place in Fort McMurray in 2010 and developed many close friendships among the residents. She fully embraced life there, was a regular at exercise classes, and enjoyed socializing. Myrtle loved the fantastic and caring staff, whom she considered her extended family.
Thank you to the frontline health care staff at the NLRHC in Fort McMurray for providing exceptional care during his final weeks of life as well as home care over the past few years. Thank you to Dr. Loretta Roberts and staff, who were very special to Myrtle and provided years of exceptional care.
Cremation has taken place, a funeral service will be held September 1, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Barrett’s Memorial Chapel, 328 Hamilton Avenue, with internment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The service will be streamed live and the link will be posted on the main page of Barrett’s website. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may choose to donate to a children’s hospital, Rotary House Seniors Lodge (10116 Fraser Ave, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5E9) or a charity of their choice. Condolences can be made at rafuneralservices.com. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.barretts.ca.
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