Myrtle Clayson

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Myrtle Jane Clayson, 101, died Sept. 15, 2010, at the Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla.

A memorial funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at 11 a.m at the First Presbyterian Church of Walla Walla with the Rev. Albert Gillin officiating. A reception will follow the service. A private inurnment will be in the Garden Mausoleum at Mountain View Cemetery.

Mrs. Clayson was born March 12, 1909, in Walla Walla to Louis (Ludwig Boniface) and Amanda Olson Biersner. She was part of a pioneer family; her grandparents, Lorenz and Walburga Gnoers Biersner, homesteaded in Walla Walla during the 1800s at the location of Tietan Street and Fern Avenue. Their original home still stands at 833 E. Tietan St.

She graduated from Walla Walla High School and attended Whitman College. She lived a short time in Portland, Ore., while attending the Comptometer School; after which, she was employed there by Standard Oil Company of California (now Chevron). She spent 37 years as an employee of the Baker Boyer National Bank in Walla Walla before retiring in 1978.

She married Oliver Moulton Clayson on Sept. 4, 1932, in Walla Walla. Mrs. Clayson was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and served as an elder. She also belonged to the Walla Walla Country Club, the Walla Walla Women's Reading Club, the Walla Walla Symphony Society (a former vice president) and the Symphony Guild. She was active in the Business and Professional Club, the Senior Center, Lady Elks, Narcissa Rebekah Lodge #2 and the Alki Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Her hobbies included gardening, crafts, golf, travel, bridge and music.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Louis O. and Phyllis Ackerman Clayson of Cameron Park, Calif.; one daughter and son-in-law, Janet and William S. Hoofnagle of Hayesville, N.C. There are four grandchildren, Douglas S. Clayson, David L. Clayson and his wife Sherry, Daniel J. Clayson and his wife Gay, and Stacey Ilane Jeuris and her husband Paul. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sisters, Mrs. John D. Israel (Anne), Mrs. Arthur W. Emigh (Blanche); and one granddaughter, Kimberly Tucker.

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