Tribute: Myrtle Naomi Stiffler
The Kunnel's Lady, Lorraine, had been hospitalized since May 30th, Memorial Day. We had last visited her mother on the Friday prior to that after we had learned that she was placed under the care of hospice. Sadly, it was the last time we saw her alive.
On the Thursday before Mom died, I visited with Lorraine at the hospital. Lorraine expressed her wish that her mother would last until she was released. The next morning, June 17th, I received the news of Mom's passing and I went to the hospital and informed Lorraine. She took the news bravely; and, God bless her, she didn't break down.
The Ol'Kunnel then proceeded to Wiseburg, Maryland, to read Mom's letter of instructions that she had left for Lorraine. Myrtle had started the letter September 16, 1996. [I found this ironic that she passed at age 96, the number of the year she started planning.] The letter was very thorough and covered all aspects of her last wishes. With it, the Hartenstein Mortuary, Lewis Weaver, Stuart Weaver, Mrs. Lewis Weaver (Sharon) and I were able to set things up fully to meet Myrtle's final requests. Every item in that letter has been met.*
On Thursday, June 23rd, Myrtle was interred by her late husband, Frank. God rest their souls.
*The Ol'Kunnel was flabbergasted to learn the Myrtle once played Sunday school piano. He never knew that until reading her letter. The rendition playing was midi sequenced by the Ol'Kunnel himself.
How Great Thou Art
Myrtle Naomi Bull Stiffler, was born to Samuel and Beulah Bull, on March 13, 1909, on Elm Street, Hampden, Maryland. Early in her life, the family would move to the rural area of northern Baltimore County and she would live out 96 years in the local areas of Rayville, Parkton and White Hall. She died peacefully in her home on June 17, 2005. Her grandson, Lewis and his wife, Sharon, were her caregivers during her brief at-home hospice.
Myrtle is survived by a loving daughter, Lorraine Clarke and son-in-law, Robert of Hanover, Pennsylvania. Myrtle was the 5th of nine children born to her parents and is survived by a younger sister, Dorothy Smith, currently retired in North Carolina and their youngest brother, Herman Bull, of Owings Mills, Maryland. Her husband Frank and their eldest daughter, Lillian Weaver, preceded her in death.
Myrtle's grandsons, Lewis and Stuart Weaver each reside in White Hall. Her five great-grandchildren are lewis Weaver (Tim) of Glen Rock, Pa.; Gilbert (Brian) Weaver of Middle River Md.; Sharon Bloyer of Sparks, Md.; Jennifer Weaver of Catonsville, Md.; and Maegan Thomas of Baltimore, Md. Her great-great grandchildren are Lindsay Weaver, Kelsi Weaver, Brian Weaver, Elijah Thomas and Jack Bloyer. She was affectionately known by each generation as "Mom Mom".
Her birthday cards; expressions such as, "well, Hello!", "Take care", and parting waves will be missed by all.
Myrtle was a godly woman who feared the Lord. [The Ol'Kunnel comments: Many theologians agree that the scripture words that are often translated as "Fear the Lord" are more properly translated as "Respect the Lord". Myrtle respected Him as He must have loved Myrtle.] Her Christian training and discipline began early in life as she attended church at Rayville U.B. Church in Parkton until transferring her membership to Wiseburg Methodist after moving to White Hall. She was the oldest living member of the church attending 74 years. If the church doors were open, you would find Myrtle there serving and faithful in whatever capacity was required. Her spiritual roots went deep into the ground and in hard times or trials her faith did not waver nor was she deterred from her pilgrimage
to Glory. She loved the lord Jesus, and her church family and committed herself to their cause throughout her lifetime, Her favorite Psalm was the 90th.
Myrtle loved to travel with family and friends. For many years she took annual bus trips up and down the East Coast She was active in civic organizations and was a 50 year member of the Eastern Star. She continued to operate safely an automobile into her final years of life. Her gardening and yard work kept her limber and younger than her years. In her final years, she received comfort and support from neighbors, Darlene and Norman Ayres, and June and Marvin Naylor. Her daughter, Lorraine called each morning long-distance to check on "Mom". Cousin Leoda Leister of Parkton and niece Dorothy Stiffler of White Hall conversed with her daily and went shopping and to doctor appointments. Her great-niece, Shirley and husband Ed, spent Sunday afternoons with her and brought home cooked meals from their home. Pastor Brownie was always a welcomed guest and visited whenever her heart was acting up. Lila Carrier was always on stand-by and willing to come be of assistance. When her heart could no longer sustain the mowing, her grandson, Stuart took over her mowing and weed-wacking. She was always glad to see him as she was of every visitor and guest that came her way. Great-grandson, Tim, did odd and ends repair jobs for her on the homestead and also made her a
wishing-well for her backyard.
Her memory will be cherished by these and by the many others too numerous to list. It was Myrtle's desire that all her family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances would receive through faith the same peace and assurance that she embraced from the promise of, John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Compilation accredited to Loretta Weaver by the Ol'Kunnel.
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