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Myrtle Y. Lay

Myrtle Yvonna Lay, 91, died Monday, August 22, at Medford Rehabilitation and Health Center in Medford. A graveside service will be held for Mrs. Lay at — p.m. on Saturday, August 27, at the Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland. Visitation will be available on Friday afternoon from — to 4 p.m.. Chaplain Paul Hagedorn of the Providence Hospital Hospice Care Unit will officiate.

Myrtle was born on April 19, 1914, to Guy and Jane Inman, whose parents were early immigrants to Eastern Oregon from the Midwest. She spent most of her childhood in or near Baker (now Baker City),Oregon, and was a graduate of Baker High School.

On Christmas Eve of 1933, Myrtle married Deshler (Dash) Lay, who lived on his parent&

39;s farm near Medical Springs, Oregon, some 25 miles from Baker. After a few years of farming in Union and Baker Counties, the couple moved to the small town of Haines, near Baker, where Dash was employed by a farm supplier and International Harvester dealership. In 1956, Myrtle and Dash moved to Baker, where he worked for a large drug store. Myrtle worked a couple of years as a cook for the Haines Grade School, but for the most part her occupation in life was that of a very competent and caring housewife and mother.

In September of 2002, Myrtle and Dash moved from Baker City to Medford to be near their son and his wife, who are long-time Ashland residents. They resided at the Fountain Plaza retirement community, celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary in 2003. Dash passed away in April of 2004.

Myrtle is survived by a son, Kerry Lay and his wife, Janice; grandchildren, Geoffrey Lay of Tualatin, Oregon, Bradley Lay, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Christopher Lay of Shenzhen, China; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Myrtle was a marvelous cook and dedicated homemaker. She was very artistic, and well known for her hand painted and fired floral china plates. She was always very well-liked and appreciated for her helpful nature and sense of family.

Myrtle was hard working, and a kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Everyone who has been touched by Myrtle will feel a great loss.

Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of choice.

Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.