We sadly announce the passing of Myrtle Anne Marsh on October 23, 2010 at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital.
Myrtle Marsh was born in 1926, at South Fort George, the youngest of six children. Her parents, Hattie and Claus Lattman had arrived in S. Fort George in 1919, having travelled from S. Dakota. At 14 years old, Myrtle, with her mother, moved to Quesnel and soon after she started working at Bank Service station. She also drove taxi when she was only 15.
Richard Marsh and Myrtle were married in 1946 and made their home together in Quesnel for 62 years. In 1962 the family moved to the Marsh Log House up on the hill in West Quesnel (now the River Rock) and Myrtle took in boarders. They were mostly young men working on construction or hockey players working and playing for the Quesnel Kangaroos. She made her house a “home” to many.
Myrtle took on several different jobs during her lifetime. She worked hand in hand with Richard in the Marsh Sand & Gravel business, the store across from QSS, and later
Quesnel Appliance & Repair Service. Her favourite occupation was found at Cariboo Travel working as a Travel Agent and Tour Guide. Her tour buses were always full, each trip planned to perfection. With their RV, she and Richard also travelled extensively all through the US and Canada, often stopping to enjoy several jazz festivals along the way.
An outstanding athlete, Myrtle was usually the best at whatever she did. She and her friends played Sr. Women’s Softball starting when they were 14 and later Myrtle helped to organize the Quesnel Girls Softball League which is still alive and well today. For many years she enjoyed badminton with the Quesnel Badminton Club and she and Richard competed in the Quesnel Bowling League for over a decade. A champion horseshoe player in later years, she was a founding member of the Quesnel Horseshoe Pitchers Club.
Myrtle will be dearly missed by her family and by her many long time friends. Over the years she touched the lives of many in need. Right up until her health began to fail this past summer, she continued “doing for others”. She taught her family to work hard, to take pride in their work and to live life to the fullest.
Myrtle is survived by her:
Daughter Rick-Anne (Sam) Fedoruk and her three granddaughters, Carmen, Camille (Dewly) and Kasey.
Son Dick (Pat) Marsh and grandchildren, Ryan (Kristy), Krista (Mike), and Tyson.
Great-granddaughters Fiea, Hayden and Sutten. Also many nieces, nephews, family and good friends.
We would like to thank all of her family and friends for their overwhelming support and generosity. Also, a special thank you to Clayton’s Funeral Home, The Reverend Canon. Trev Whiting, Dr. Buys, Dr. Aziz and all the kind nursing staff.