Myrtle M. Almas
Myrtle M. Almas was born June 17, 1911, to Henry and Martha in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the third child born to a family of seven children, two living well into their 90s. She departed at 102 years, 3 months and 15 days yourn on Oct. 2, 2013, counting every day.
At 10 years old she got her first job paying 5 cents a week taking care of her younger siblings. During her growing up years, there was always guitar and piano playing, singing and dancing, cooking, joking and fun, as well as plenty of work to do at home.
Myrtle spent her life being a wonderful MaMa to her two daughters. She was a professional cosmetologist, raised and showed Boston bull terriers, was an Eastern Star and a Girl Scout leader, an accomplished seamstress, had a passion for gardening, enjoyed bowling, playing cards and other games, an excellent cook, loved entertaining band giving parties, could still dance the Charleston into her 90s.
Sanibel, Fla., has been Myrtle’s home since the early 1960s when she came here to help her third husband, Carl J. Almas, owner and manager of the Beachcomber Resort and Motel. She loved her new job and garden of guests. She would say, “People are like flowers, they are all so beautiful.”
Myrtle is survived by her two daughters, Margery Almas, (Lee Almas) Sanibel, Fla.; grandchildren, David (Trina) great granddaughter Julianna, Texas, Deborah Phillips (Steve), great grandson Andrew, Gainesville, Fla., Zachary, Orlando, Matthew, Dallas, Texas, Brian (Leslie), great grandson David, Sunnyvale, Calif., great granddaughters Katharine, Seattle, Wash., Muriel French (Peter) Aurora, Ohio, granddaughter Kimberly Goddard, Delray Beach, Fla.
There will be a private internment next to Carl at Fort Myers Memorial Garden Cemetery.