Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated for Myrtle Due, age 95 of Fargo, formerly of Willow City, on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in the Notre Dame Catholic Church in Willow City. The celebrant at the mass was the Reverend Father Philip Chacko. Cheryl Guss was the organist and the congregation sang selected hymns. Casket bearers were Chris Due, Darin Smith, Kim Smith, Teri Liegh Randall, Steven Due and Lori Ann Valenta. Burial was at the Notre Dame Catholic Cemetery in Willow City.
Myrtle was born in Overly, ND to Peter and lnga (Brenden) Johnson on October 11, 1918. She was reared on the family farm near Overly. She graduated from high school in 1937. On May 15, 1939 she married Arthur Due in Willow City, ND. They lived on a farm north of Willow City until 1946 and then moved to a farm west of Willow City. In 1953, Art quit farming and went to work as a brick layers assistant. They then moved into town. Art passed away in 1983 and Myrtle continued to live in Willow City until 2004, at which time she moved to West Fargo, ND, to be nearer family. In 2007 she moved into Bethany Retirement Living.
She was an active member of the community. She was a member of the 3-W Homemakers Club, Notre Dame Altar Society, Senior Citizens Club and the Birthday Club.
Myrtle passed away on April 6, 2014 at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo, ND, under the care of Hospice, with family at her side.
She is survived by five children: Loren (Pat) of Caledonia, IL, Gloria (Bill) Smith of West Fargo, ND, Glen (Sally) of Arkdale, WI., Stanley (Carolyn) of Minneapolis, MN., and Joyce (Terry) Putman of Sparta, WI. One sister, Eileen Howe of Rapid City, SD., and one sister-in-law, Evelyn Due, of McClusky, ND; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Ruth Baune and Alice Johnson, and 1 brother, Lloyd Johnson.
The family of Myrtle wishes to say a very special ‘Thank You ” for all the wonderful care, and love from the staff and the friendships she made while at Bethany. She was truly blessed to have all of you and loved her home. Also, a big thanks to Hospice for their special care and help. We appreciate it all so much.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Bethany on University or Hospice of the Red River Valley, both of Fargo, ND.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.