Memorial services will be held Friday May 1, 2009 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. A family prayer service will be held at 1:45 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Remsen Cemetery, Remsen, at a later date. Greenwood Funeral Home, Cherokee, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.greenwoodfuneral.com. Memorials are requested for St. Paul's United Methodist Church and the Cherokee Public Library.
Myrtle was born Dec. 12, 1909 in rural Plymouth County, to August and Henrietta (Harms) Witt. She was educated in Marcus, graduating from Marcus High School in 1926. She attended Morningside College for two years and received her teaching certificate in 1928. On May 19, 1939 she married Elmer Ware at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Myrtle taught in the Marcus and Meriden, Cherokee school systems for 40 years and finished her career in Cherokee, retiring in 1975. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and a Sunshine Member of Charity Circle.
Myrtle loved her flower gardens and her puppies. She loved being outdoors and from early on emphasized taking care of nature, recycling and reusing as much as possible. She also was a member of the BPW
She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer (Aug. 9, 1984), two sisters, Vivian Witt (2008), and Mabelle Juhl (2005); a brother, Leonard "Bud) Witt (1993) and a nephew, Steven Witt
Survivors include daughters, Judy Wilson, and her husband, Kenneth, of Granger; Janet Smith, and her husband, Deloss, of Ralston, Neb.; Pamela McClaren and her husband, Bob of Virginia Beach, Virg.; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A neighbor, and best friend, Carol Gatrost.