Myrtle S. Nance

February 6, 1917 - December 28, 2009

Myrtle S. Nance, 92, died peacefully on Dec. 28, 2009, at Providence Brookside Manor. She is the last of the Miller family from Odell, Ore.
Myrtle was born Feb. 6, 1917, to Roscoe and Mary Margaret (Jochosen) Miller at their homestead in Odell, Ore. She joined two older brothers and two sisters.
She spent her younger years on the homestead, attending Odell Grade School and graduating at the top of her class from Odell High School.
After graduating she moved to an apartment in Hood River and went to work at Paris Fair. She worked there for 38 years.
Myrtle loved to dance. She and her friends went to dances every chance they got. Her friends introduced her to Lloyd Nance. They dated for a year and then were married at her parents’ home in Odell on April 18, 1939.
Lloyd and Myrtle moved to a house on Wilson Street in Hood River. In 1941 Myrtle’s father passed away. Her mother stayed on the ranch for a year and then decided to sell the ranch and move in with Lloyd and Myrtle.
Lloyd entered the service in 1942. He returned home in 1945 and they moved to a home on June Street. They lived there for more than 10 years and then built a new home on Highland Drive, where they lived for about 40 years.
After their retirement they enjoyed their hobbies: Lloyd had his gun shop and Myrtle had her garden. She kept her friends and family in fresh vegetables and flowers.
Lloyd and Myrtle loved to travel. They went to Hawaii, back to Ohio to visit family, Tacoma to visit her sisters and Lloyd’s annual Army reunions. She and Lloyd also were active with the FISH program at the senior center.
In 1996 Lloyd passed away and Myrtle moved to Down Manor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Myrtle is survived by two nieces, Mary Fischer and her husband, Gene, of Sequim, Wash., and Norma Willis, of Hood River, Ore. Six great-nieces and nephews and 14 great-great-nieces and nephews also survive.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hood River Valley Christian Church or Heart of Hospice in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.


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