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Ellis County Capital, Arnett, Oklahoma

April 21, 1976



Myrtle Mae Shreve was born August 20, 1898, in Elsinore, Missouri, to George M. and Mary Frances Shreve. She came with her parents to Ellis County, Oklahoma, in 1902, where the family homesteaded on land about 3-½ miles southwest of Arnett. She grew to womanhood there, assisting her mother in caring for an aging grandmother, an ailing father, and a small brother.

She was united in marriage to John J. Henry on August 21, 1916. To this union, two children were born: Barbara and a son John J. Jr. Her husband and small son preceeded her in death.

In 933, Myrtle accepted Christ as Savior and united with the Fist Baptist Church of Arnett. She served as in intermediate girl’s teacher for several years in addition to her places of service in the church. In addition to her work in the church, Myrtle was always ready to assist or nurse those who were ill. She gave much of her time to those who were in need.

On March 12, 1964, Myrtle was united in marriage to Alva Meek Meeks. She always enjoyed assisting Alva with his work until ill health prevented her from doing so.

Myrtle’s father, mother, and brothers Claude and Walter, preceeded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Alva, of the home; by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Arnold Pratt of Arnett; by her two granddaughters, Euleta Persall of Woodward, Okla. And Sharon Pratt of Arnett; by one stepson, Carl Meeks and wife, Eva, of Austin, Texas; and by Alva’s five grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Obits from old newspapers submitted by: John A. Rider

Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society


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