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Myrtle Lukecart

Myrtle Lukecart, family matriarch and long time member of the McCall community, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the remarkable age of 100 on Monday, May 14, 2012.

A celebration of her life will be held at McCall Senior Citizen Center on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 at 1 p.m.

She was born Myrtle Caroline Dagmar Frandsen to Danish immigrants Christian and Dagmar (Jensen) Frandsen on Aug. 26, 1911, in Butte, Oliver County, N.D.

The Frandsens homesteaded in North Dakota in 1907 and Myrtle was raised on the farm with two brothers and two sisters. On May 3, 1936 she married Clifford Morris Lukecart and they made their home in North Dakota until they moved to Montana in 1943.

In Montana they lived in St. Ignatius, Ravalli and Seeley Lake. They moved to Hermiston, Ore., in 1948. In 1950 Myrtle moved to McCall, which had been her home for the past 62 years.

In McCall, Myrtle made many friends and raised her three children. She worked as a waitress at the Stadium café and as a switch board operator at Continental Telephone Company until her retirement in 1976.

Myrtle had three activities she was passionate about in her retirement years. They were visiting with her pinochle and bridge club friends, creating her ever-expanding flower gardens and spending time with her family.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two sisters, Clifford and one grandson, Marshall.

She is survived by her son Floyd and his wife Flori Lukecart of Redmond, Wash.; her daughter Marvel and her husband Bud Palmer of Kimberly; and her son Harold and his wife Joyce Lukecart of McCall; grandchildren Troy, Gary, Robin and Renda (Payne) Palmer, Ken and Kathy (Heshmatpour) Lukecart, Ted, Tina and Dan Lukecart and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at McCall Rehab and Care Center for the extra care and love they have shown Myrtle these past eight years, and they will be planting a flowering tree on the property in her memory.

She will be missed by all who knew and enjoyed her company and will be in the hearts and minds of her family and friends forever.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to your favorite charity. Services under the direction of the Heikkila Funeral Chapel.

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