Myrtle Vestella Reed died on May 7, 2019 in Stockton, CA at the age of 86 of gallbladder
Myrtle was born on April 22, 1933 in Nowata, OK to her parents, George and Martha Reed. The
family relocated to Coffeeville, KS when Myrtle was about 3 years old. She grew up as the
fourth child of eight brothers and sisters.
Myrtle lived in Richmond, CA and in Kansas City, KS then moved back to California. At 23
years old, she settled in San Diego, CA with her lifelong friend Lois Luke for a number of years.
As a single mother she was very proud when she bought her own home to raise her daughter.
Myrtle’s home was a place where everyone felt comfortable and welcomed. She loved to cook,
and for those who were fortunate to know her remember the aromatic smells of the best “home
cooking” coming from the kitchen. Myrtle worked as a merchandiser at the San Diego Naval
Commissary and after 30 years of being a dedicated employee, she retired at age 60. Her
daughter Marilyn and grand-daughter Monique remember her as a strong, independent woman
whom they loved dearly.
For a short period of time Myrtle was a member of the Elks Club, Nautilus Temple 436 Daughter
of IBEOW. However, the ONE favorite pass time for Myrtle was crocheting. Myrtle would
spend countless hours crocheting blankets. 99% of the blankets she crocheted were donated to
others. As with her cooking each blanket she crocheted was created from the heart and given
with overflowing love. She also taught many how to crochet. It was so much fun learning from
her, the different types of crochet patterns and selecting the numerous array of colored yarn.
Those who spent time with her crocheting were privileged to gain some of her motherly wisdom.
She shared stories of her life experiences and told it “like it was”! Myrtle was very witty and
down to earth. She will be missed.
Myrtle is survived by her sister Hattie Gooden of San Diego, CA, Daughter and Son-in-law,
Marilyn and Frederick Gross of Stockton, CA, Grand-daughter Monique Cannon of Stockton,
CA along with numerous Nieces and Nephews. The family sends love and gratitude to nurses
Sara and Estrada, social worker Barbara, and Chaplain Doris of AseraCare Hospice for their
support, excellent work and loving care during Myrtle’s time of transition.
Myrtle’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the home of Marilyn and Frederick
Gross, 8809 Vernaccia Lane, Stockton, CA. The program will begin promptly at 11:00 am. All
are welcome to attend and celebrate with us. Please RSVP to Marilyn Gross at 209-938-9343.
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