Myrtle L. Knowlton, 88, formerly of Black Lake, passed away from cancer on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at her home under the care of her family and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Angel Rodriguez and James Warrington officiating and burial in Pleasant Lake Cemetery, Brasie Corners. Calling hours are Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Myrtle was born in Macomb on November 11, 1925, the daughter of Leon James and Lulu Eliza Simons Bresett. She graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1943 and from the House of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing in 1946. Myrtle worked at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, CA in 1947 before returning to the North Country to work as a registered nurse at the Van Duzee Hospital in Gouverneur from 1948 until 1950 when it closed. She then was employed at E.J. Noble Hospital from 1950 until retiring in 1987 to the Knowlton farm on Black Lake. She lived most of her life in Macomb, selling the farm in 2005 and moving to Pine Grove Apartments.
Myrtle married Merlyn Malcom "Hank" Knowlton on December 3, 1946 at the Gouverneur First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Joseph Schofield Jr. officiating. Mr. Knowlton, a retired farmer and NYSDOT worker, passed away February 1999.
As a youth, Myrtle belonged to the Macomb Sunshine 4-H Club and Brasie Corners Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Macomb Grange since 1940, TOPS since 1988, the Macomb Snowmobile Club, and E.J. Noble Hospital Auxiliary. More recently, Myrtle was baptized into the Gouverneur 7th Day Adventist Church and was very loyal to her faith.
Myrtle enjoyed reading, gardening, indoor and outdoor cooking, motorcycling, snowmobiling, traveling, and participating in activities around Black Lake.
Myrtle is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Richard Youngs of Black Lake; two granddaughters, Sheila Youngs of Macomb, and Mrs. Lance (Tresa) Pickup of Raleigh, NC; and four great grandchildren, Dustin and Dekota Leann Green, Alec and Collin Pickup.
She was predeceased by her husband; parents; and a brother, Harold Douglas Bresett.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy. 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or the 7th Day Adventist Church, 190 W. Main Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642.