Myrtle Seaver went home to Jesus on April 5, 2020 at age 85. She spent her last days surrounded by loved ones who celebrated her legacy; the room was filled with laughter, singing and scripture.
Born in Galveston, Texas on August 2, 1934, Myrtle was the daughter of Arnold Roger Gilles and Elsie Krause Gilles. She met her beloved husband Ray in 1951 in St. Cloud, Florida - it was love at first sight! They married in 1952 and were blessed with 2 daughters, Peggy and Patricia. Myrtle loved her family unconditionally and unabashedly - and they loved her deeply in return.
Myrtle is survived by daughters Peggy (Tom) Nixon & Patricia (Charles) Wang, grandchildren Sara (Chris), Matthew (Elisabeth), Lindsey (Corey) & Christopher (Genevieve), great-grandchildren Micah, Alex, Ella, Olivia, Wivine, Amelia, Walt, Griff & Charlie.
Myrtle was most passionate about sharing God’s love with her family and with people around the world. She sponsored children through World Vision and Hands of Compassion International, donated countless Bibles through American Bible Society and packed hundreds of Operation Christmas Child boxes—she packed 186 boxes this past year alone for Samaritan’s Purse.
While Myrtle lived in Florida for most of her life, she was a true world traveler. Her first overseas voyage was in 1956 when she and Peggy, a toddler at the time, took a ship to Germany to join Ray who was stationed there with the US Army. A year and a half later they flew back to the US, this time joined by baby Patricia! Myrtle embraced her sense of adventure and visited more than 30 countries during her lifetime. She traveled frequently with her husband, daughters & sons-in-law, grandchildren & grandchildren-in-law and great-grandchildren, but this Wild Granny also took plenty of solo trips! Myrtle loved to share her travel stories and delighted in the surprise that her exploits elicited—you may have heard the one about the horse cart in Petra? True story!
A celebration of Myrtle’s life will be announced once the family has determined a date. We ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Operation Christmas Child in memory of Myrtle Seaver (https://sampur.se/3aTAp5f).
Proverbs 31:25—She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.
Psalms 46:5—God is with her, she will not fall.
The family is under the care of CONRAD AND THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME 511 Emmett St Kissimmee, FL 34741 (407) 847-3188
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