Myrtle Clark Cathirell
Birth Date: February 4, 1918
Death Date: October 16, 2016
Myrtle Clark Cathirell was born in bunkie, Louisiana on February 4, 1918, the fifth child of Reverend and Mrs. Joseph Clark. When she was three years old, her family moved to Los Angeles. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson Highschool in Los Angeles Unified School District and continued her education at Los Angeles Trade Technical College where she studied Costume Design. Her studies developed a keen eye for fashion and beauty that was evident throughout her life.
Myrtle was united in holy wedlock to Jack Cathirell in 1940. She was the mother of three sons, Henry, Ethell and Jack, Jr. The family moved to Sacramento in 1941 where she united with Shiloh Baptist Church. Having accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age, she was a committed, dedicated church worker and served in the #2 Choir, Hannah Missionary Circle, and Mother’s Board. She was a faithful member of Shiloh for over 75 years.
Myrtle was married to Jack for 46 years, until his death in 1986. After his death, she became the strength of the family. As she said, “Our children turned out to be wonderful. We let our children know that we love them, and trust in the Lord for help”. Through the years, she filled her house with loving devotion for her children and grandchildren.
Always the consummate grandmother, she found time to attend the various activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Myrtle enjoyed the simple pleasures in life. As a trained seamstress, she enjoyed sewing beautiful clothes for herself and her family, gardening and visiting nurseries. Her knowledge and love of plants made her the neighborhood “plant lady”. She willingly shared her knowledge with anyone. She took great pride and pleasure in her garden filled with colorful flowers.
With her humble spirit, Myrtle led a life that was a model of virtue. Her service to Jesus Christ, her unconditional love, affection, compassion, honesty, and integrity were never compromised. She dedicated her life to her family and extended herself to all, particularly those in need, whether it was in the form of encouragement, instruction, or sharing God’s word. When asked once what kept her going, she replied, “I just sit down and tell the Lord thank you”.
She was in poor health for several years but never complained. She bore her illness patiently and would try to make members of her family feel that she was not suffering. She would often say, “I’ll be ready when the Lord calls me”. She has left a living example of loving service, worthy of emulation; a tribute that should bring some comfort to her loved ones.
Myrtle will be greatly missed by her family and friends. In addition to her husband, Jack, she was preceded in death by her sons, Henry and Jack, Jr., and leaves to mourn her passing one son, Ethell Cathirell, Sr., (Elaine); four grandchildren: Terri Cathirell Kirkland (Royce), Ethell Cathirell, Jr. (Mybelle), Jack Cathirell, III, Reginald Cathirell (Nicole); nine great-grandchildren; Royce Kirkland, Jr., Ryan Kirkland, Marina Kirkland, Ethell Sebastian Cathirell, III, Alexica Cathirell, Julian Cathirell, Samara Cathirell, Elliana Cathirell, and Ethan Cathirell. One great great grandson; Demarie A. Cathirell. One sister in law, Blanch Clark and 1 brother in law, James McKinney and friends.
APPRECIATION and ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The family of Myrtle Clark Cathirell gratefully acknowledges all the love and support that has been extended by everyone during this difficult time.
This burden of sorrow has been reduced by your words of encouragement, your prayers, and many other acts of kindness. May God bless and keep you in His care.
We are especially grateful for the compassionate care provided by St. Claire Nursing Center.
Funeral Service to be held:
Friday, October 28, 2016 – 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Shilo Baptist Church
3565 – 9th Avenue
Burial to follow:
Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery
2720 Riverside Blvd.