Services to honor and remember Myrtle Willis are 2 PM Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Bixby Freewill Baptist Church. Family will welcome visitors 5-7 PM Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Bixby Funeral Service.
Myrtle Lea was born July 13, 1928, in Bixby, Oklahoma, to Ezra and Bessie (Ray) McClain. Raised and educated in Bixby, this has been home to Myrtle her whole life.
While walking around downtown, Myrtle caught the eye of a young man, H.L. Willis. The two were immediately smitten with one another and eventually married on November 2, 1946, in Broken Arrow.
Myrtle and H.L. settled on a 150-acre farm, where they were known to have the best produce around. Lots of hard work helped them earn the title of “truck farmers”, as they were able to sell to many large markets. Deciding they had worked long enough and hard enough, they eventually retired.
Upon retirement, fishing became their new favorite hobby. They enjoyed it so much that they purchased a camper and stayed at Lake Eufaula. Myrtle and H.L. fished nearly every day for their weekly fish fry on Thursday! The couple also enjoyed visiting family during retirement. They would pick a direction at random and drive! Not sure where they were going, Myrtle would say, “I’ll call to let you know where we end up.”
Lifetime members of Bixby Freewill Baptist Church, Myrtle played the piano for more than 20 years and volunteered in the nursery. She and H.L. were quite the duo and spent a lot of time traveling to various revivals where they would sing and play. Myrtle had an unshakeable faith and enjoyed helping others. She loved working for God.
Myrtle, the glue of the family, passed away on June 15, 2020, at her home. She was 91.
Those she leaves to cherish her memory are children, Sam Willis and wife, Karen, Patti Nichols and husband, Robert; grandchildren, Josh, Rob, Tracy, and Alycia; great grandchildren, Owen, Blake, Brayden, and Cyanna.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H.L. Willis; son, Danny Willis; grandson, Jason Willis; great-grandson Gavin; sisters, Elector Florence, Ollie Bell Robinson and Ozella Holloway; brothers, Jay, Bill, Glen and James McClain.
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