Myrtle ‘Sis’ Ellena (Black) Ort

Myrtle E. Ort

Myrtle E. Ort

Myrtle E. Ort, 92, a long-time resident of the Spokane-Cheney area, passed away on May 15, 2012 in her sleep, after a long and courageous battle from complications of a stroke.

Myrtle is survived by a husband of 67 years, Charles Ort; her daughter, Connie Loyd and her husband, Mick Loyd, Moline, Kan.; and her granddaughter, Michele Davis and her husband, Kevin Davis, Cheney. Myrtle is also survived by two great-grandchildren: Jennifer Davis and Shane Davis, Cheney.

She is preceded in death by three sisters: Emily (Dennis) Smith, Ann (Black) Bevier, Rosalie (Black) Greene; and four brothers: Augustus Dennis, Henry Dennis (died as an infant), Harry Black and Bill Black.

She was born in Oroville, April 12, 1920. She is the loving daughter of William Black and Clotilda (Stelkia) Black of Monse, Wash. She graduated from Brewster High School in 1939 and in 1949 from Deaconess Nursing School in Spokane as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

During World War II, she worked at the Puget Sound Navy Yard in the typing pool. Myrtle was a Nursery Nurse at Spokane’s Deaconess Hospital for over 22 years.

She bowled in a league at North Bowl in Spokane for many years, enjoyed traveling in her RV with her husband, and had a wonderful sense of humor that could brighten anyone’s day. Myrtle most of all loved spending time with family and friends. She was a long-time communicant of St. Anne’s Church in Spokane and Sacred Heart Mission in Nespelem.

Myrtle will always be remembered for her kindness and compassion toward the many lives that she touched.

The funeral Mass was held Tuesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Mission, Nespelem, and she will be interred in a family plot in Fort Okanogan Memorial Cemetery, Brewster. A Vigil service was held at 7 p.m., Monday, May 21 in the Precht Harrison Nearents Chapel in Okanogan.

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