Myrtle Guendoline Pierce, 91, of Amarillo, TX, formerly of Balko, OK, exchanged worlds to be with her Lord on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 25, 2019, at South Georgia Church of the Nazarene, 5016 Susan Dr. with Pastor Lowell Schmidt officiating. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Balko, OK. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Myrtle was born May 14, 1928, in Balko, OK to Glen and Ophelia Wright. She grew up in Balko, surviving the difficult dust bowl days. She learned early from her father how to drive a tractor and from her mother gardening, canning, freezing fruit, vegetables and other homemaking duties, preparing her for a lifetime of responsibilities ahead.
Myrtle graduated from Balko High School and married her bus driver boyfriend Evan Neal Pierce who was also the designated singer at her baccalaureate. Myrtle and Evan were married October 19, 1947 and began their family. She was devoted to her family and partnered alongside her husband in farming, assisted him in his seed sales business and campaigned beside him for election as County Assessor. They were married 72 years.
Myrtle was a dedicated Christian, serving her church as a children’s Sunday School teacher, janitor, and writing letters to encourage missionaries. Every Fall, children looked forward to Myrtle’s home-made popcorn balls that she made for her daughters’ school events and her Sunday School Class. Her grandchildren loved reading her letters with stories from the farm and receiving birthday cards every year with the piece of chewing gum attached inside. Myrtle was a master at baking Evan’s favorite – cherry pies! The families always looked forward to visits at the farm where Grandma prepared sumptuous meals and home-made candy.
Myrtle and Evan lived on the farm in Balko, OK until they semi-retired in their mid-70’s and moved to Cedar Springs, OK, referred to as the “Promise Land”. Myrtle continued serving the church and Christ in their later years by visiting residents in the nursing homes. And during these years, she traveled with Evan to visit every county courthouse in Oklahoma, and visiting daughters and families scattered over 5 states. After 15 years at the “Promise Land”, they moved to Amarillo, TX.
Survivors include her husband, Evan Neal Pierce; five daughters, Eva Forbes, of Gering, NE, Sharon Alison and husband Skye, of Blue Springs, MO, Donna Harrold, of Clinton, OK, Kathy McGehee and husband DeLynn, of Amarillo, TX, and LaVonda Klemme, of Lexington, KY; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Ophelia Wright; twin brothers, Marvin and Melvin Wright; sister, Audrey Parker; grandson, Mason Harrold; and great-grandson, Harrison McGehee.