Myrtle Eudora Cosler
August 4, 1917 ~ January 11, 2014
Myrtle Eudora Cosler passed away peacefully in her sleep Jan. 11, 2014. She was born on Aug. 4, 1917 in Plains, Mont. to Albert Burton Letson and Bessie Middleton Letson, the first of four children. Over the next few years, Burton moved the family to the Spokane, Wash. area following jobs in the timber industry. In 1929 they moved to Bend, Ore. where he worked for the Shevlin Hixon sawmill.
Myrtle graduated from Bend High School in 1935. In 1937 she married Louis Cosler. Their only child, Beverly, was born in Bend. In 1945 they moved to Medford, Ore. Louis passed away unexpectedly in 1965. Myrtle later moved to the Portland area where she and her sister, Mae, opened a gift and craft store in Gresham. She also worked for a realtor there. In the early 1980s, she and her sister Mary moved to Pearl City, Hawaii where they lived for about 20 years. During that time she had various jobs, including bookkeeping and retail sales. She moved back to Bend in 2002. While there she enjoyed spending time at the Senior Center and volunteering for the RSVP program helping school children read. In 2007 she moved to an assisted living facility in Prineville.
Myrtle is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and David Parrish of Powell Butte. She had three grandchildren, Joanne (and Douglas) Peters, Michael (and Susan) Parrish, and Mark (and Linda) Parrish. She had six great-grandchildren, Brian and David Lowry, Amanda and Jamie Parrish, Kristin (and Wes) Bruhn, Brian (and Tiffany) Feris, and three great-great-grandchildren; Bo, Wade & Bristol Bruhn. She is also survived by her sister Mae Rotz, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents, her brother Lewis Letson, and her sister Mary Faller.
Arrangements are in care of Whispering Pines Funeral Home in Prineville. A family service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Medford, where Myrtle will be laid to rest next to her husband Louis. The family sends heartfelt thanks to the staff at Ashley Manor in Prineville for their loving care, and also to St. Charles Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oregon Right to Life or a charity of your choice through Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 185 N.E. 4th St., Prineville, OR. 97754