Myrtle (Mert) C. West
Jul 7, 1925 – Feb 18, 2016
Myrtle (Mert) C. West
Myrtle C. Lange was born July 7th, 1925 in Max, North Dakota. She was welcomed by her older brother Robert and then joined by younger sisters Lorraine, Margie, Florence and Delores. Mert spent most of her childhood in Valley City, North Dakota, graduating from St. Catherine’s High School in 1943. She worked for Sears and Roebuck in North Dakota and transferred to Seattle in 1950. While on the journey west, she met her future husband Frank on the train as he was on his way to Kodiak, Alaska for the Navy.
On January 19th, 1952, Mert and Frank were married by a Justice of the Peace in Seattle. They lived with Bob and Phyllis Lange on Capitol Hill. They bought their first house in October of 1953 in Gregory Heights in Burien. Four daughters were born while living in this two bedroom house. Frank helped build a four bedroom home in nearby deLoro Heights that they moved into in July 1959. In 1961, a son was born to round out the family.
While raising five children, Mert babysat numerous neighborhood kids and worked for the Highline School District. At Highline High School, where all 5 of her children graduated from, she was known as the “ice cream lady.” As if Mert weren’t busy enough raising her children and being a neighborhood mom, she stayed even busier by playing softball or cards, bowling, taking pictures, crafting, or traveling the world.
Upon retirement, Mert and Frank moved to Scott Lake next door to lifelong friends Dick and Pat Kubicek. When the drive to visit family became too much, they moved to Rio Verde in Auburn in 2004. Many neighborhood friendships were formed during their 54 years of marriage. After retirement, Mert spent many hours baking cookies, making washi eggs and spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mert was always the organizer of events with projects always in the works. At Christmas she baked literally thousands of pastries for family and friends. Her camera was always at the ready for a candid shot. There wasn’t a holiday, birthday or anniversary that passed without some type of card or greeting from Mert. We really don’t know how she managed so much. Nothing seemed to get Mert’s spirit down. She dealt with numerous significant medical issues, the passing of Frank 10 years ago and with all that she remained a positive force in everyone’s life.
Myrtle West died February 18th, 2016 in Federal Way, Washington. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank. She is survived by her loving family: Daughter Georgia, her husband Bob Bailey and their children Grant and Leslie. Daughter Gloria, her husband Ed Plumlee and their children Courtney, Jessica and Andrew. Daughter Sharon West and Dave Grundvig. Daughter Susie Minkiewitz and her children Laura and Thomas. Son Joe West and his wife Sheri West. Sister Margie Martin and sister Florence and her husband Melvin Zaun. Also numerous other family members and friends.
A viewing and rosary will be held on Monday March 7th from 2-5p.m. at Bonney-Watson Federal Way, 1535 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way 98003. A service will be held on Tuesday March 8th at 10a.m. at Bonney-Watson Federal Way, followed by a 1:15p.m. internment at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St, Kent 98042. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Lung Association, 822 John St., Seattle 98109.
The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, thoughts, hugs and kindnesses at this time.
As Mert and Frank were known to say and believe:
“Always Kiss Me Goodnight. I Love you.”
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