Myrtle Hill Arends
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June 26, 1924 – April 30, 2019
Myrtle Hill Arends was born on June 26th 1924 in Sunnyside, Washington. She was the 5th child born to Eula (Fosket) and Grant G.Hill and the only girl. Another brother named Gerald arrived 2 years later but lived only 3 days. He is buried with Eula & Grant in the Sunnyside Cemetery. Grant died in March 1929 just before Myrtle turned five. Brothers Arthur, Dale, Ralph and Ellis preceded her in death as did her Mother Eula when Myrtle was 26.
Myrtle grew up in Sunnyside, Washington and began singing in her church when she was two. She was active in churches all of her life, not only singing, but organizing church choirs, directing music programs, serving as church organist and church delegate for over fifteen years, serving as President of Missionary Societies. She also was in charge of many church sponsored Mother Daughter banquets. Her love for the Lord and church kept her very active serving on boards from Music Minister to Property and Finance during major building projects.
She married Arnold William ‘Bill’ Arends in July, 1943. This marriage was blessed with 3 children, Irene Nichelson (Tim), Arnold Richard (Joyce Shumacher) and Carl (Sheryl Stevens); five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and many others who considered her as their grandmother (children of close friends and lots of children that Carl & Sheryl fostered). Bill passed away in September, 2007 shortly after celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary.
The Arends family moved to Prosser WA in 1948 and spent many happy hours playing on the Yakima River water skiing with their family and friends. They sold Arends bakery eleven years later and moved to Anaheim California where they remained for ten years. In 1969 they moved to Wenatchee and bought Gockleys Upholstery and the Griffith orchard with a subsequent move to Entiat. After 3-1/2 years of struggling to be orchardists, they loaded up the apple truck and returned to California. Myrtle had earned her real estate license in Washington working with Joan Clark and enjoyed selling real estate. Upon their return to California she joined the Forest Olson Real Estate team (which later became Coldwell Banker) and worked that job for over thirty years. Many hours were spent serving the Garden Grove Free Methodist Church as their organist, music director and delegate at their annual conferences. She again joined with the Southern California Oratorio Society singing The Messiah at Christmastime, and in the Spring The Elijah, St. Matthew’s Passion, and The Creation.
Since moving to Wenatchee in 1999 she and Sheryl actively promoted the Messiah Singalong/Playalong event in Wenatchee for 5 years until her health intervened. It was her sincere desire that this would become an annual event in Wenatchee.
After retiring, Myrtle and Bill started volunteering in County parks in California and Washington including Daroga, 25 mile Creek, and Johnny Creek on the Icicle River.
Myrtle has lived her last four years in the Colonial Vista apartments making new friends and acquaintances. She always hoped to lead the walker parade with decorated walkers. She always had seasonal flowers and lights on her red walker and became well known in her church and at the apartments as the flower lady. She also decorated a table outside of her apartment with each season’s colors, which the residents would enjoy.
Myrtle loved and served the Lord almost her entire life and expects to join her loved ones in heaven to praise and worship our God throughout eternity. PRAISE BE TO GOD