Ethel M. Myers

Ethel Myers
Ethel Myers

1922-2015

Ethel M. Myers, 93, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Bitely and Newaygo, passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids.

Ethel was born on Feb. 28, 1922, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Barney and Jesse (Miller) Koster.

Ethel is survived by her son, Greg (Nancy) Myers, of Newaygo; two granddaughters, Laura (Jeremy) Smith and Lisa Myers; and her brother, Fred (Karen) Koster, of Grand Rapids.

Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Orson S. "Stew" Myers Jr.; her sister, Dorothy Perry; and brother, Jim Koster.

Ethel graduated from Grand Rapids Central High School and went to work at L.A. Young as a secretary. Her father’s World War I experiences and patriotic upbringing propelled her into a new military experience for women as she joined the first class of WAVES. After boot camp, she was assigned to Washington D.C. where she worked in the Naval Code Room until her discharge from the Navy as Yeoman First Class on Nov. 20, 1945.

The Code Room was a new family away from home for three girls who met there: Dotti, Lorraine and Ethel. The Jewish, Catholic and Protestant all became sisters and worshiped as one on alternating weekends. The Naval Reserve in Grand Rapids provided the venue that led to her marriage to Orson Stewart “Stew” Myers Jr. on Sept. 16, 1949, in Grand Rapids. They were married for 64 years. Secretarial study at Davenport Business School led to positions at General Motors, the Veterans’ Administration, Godwin Public Schools and Kent Community Hospital until her retirement.

While working at the Veterans’ Administration, Ethel met Madalen Wade, a World War II Marine who she remained best friends with until Madalen passed away. In her retirement years, she and Stew traveled the country visiting relatives and rekindling old friendships as well as making new ones as they attended many Elderhostels. Ethel had been a member of Congregational Churches in Grand Rapids and Baldwin and passed as a member of the Newaygo Congregational United Church of Christ.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel and 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Newaygo Congregational United Church of Christ. Memorial Services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Newaygo Congregational United Church of Christ, 432 Quarterline Street, Newaygo MI 49337.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Newaygo Congregational United Church of Christ; Habitat for Humanity of Newaygo County or to a charity of the donor’s choice.