ORANGEVILLE - Myrleen Alger Sitterud passed away May 28, 2010, in Price. Myrleen was born July 22, 1920, to Edgar and Elna Jensen Alger in Cleveland. She was the middle child of seven children. Myrleen was just seven years old when her mother died of pneumonia. Her father tried to hold the family together; but, as the breadwinner, he elicited the help of his siblings. Myrleen was fortunate to have had the influence of her Aunt Ruth and Uncle Gomer Arnold. She spent much time in their home - seeing the mighty examples of faithfulness, hard work, and unconditional love.
Myrleen was educated in Emery County schools, Wasatch Academy, and was a Carbon High graduate. On Oct. 26, 1943, she married Raymond R. Sitterud in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple. They adored each other and were an exemplary partnership. Together they "went about doing good." She took care of her husband during his long illness and during a time when she wasn't in the best physical health herself.
She sacrificed much to go to work to contribute to her family. She worked at JC Penney's and was a secretary at the Emery County Extension office of USU in Castle Dale for 15 years. She made the state fair booth for many years, winning awards. She was a member of the DUP and helped restore a monument in Orangeville. Making a happy home for her family was her most important work, and her home became a refuge for family and friends.
She was an example of service. Her love for the youth in the community is attested by the many now-grown adults who come to see her and tell her the impact that she has had in their lives. She worked with the Young Women for over 15 years. She also served as stake relief society president. With her husband, she served in the Manti Temple for 13 years and served two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Anchorage, Alaska, and Nauvoo, Ill. Many found the gospel through her example and teachings.
She was a wonderful "Grammy" and would spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren each time they would come to her house. She loved the children in her ward, and they hugged her as their adopted grandmother and called her "Peaches."
Myrleen is survived by her four children: Terry of Cheverly, MD; Clyde (Patricia) of Highland; Shellee (Patrick) Dooley of Lehi; and Laurel (Scott) Johansen of Castle Dale; 12 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her husband and a grandson, Matthew Ian Dooley.
She was a woman with a cheery disposition, a big heart, quick humor, positive attitude and willing hands. She will be dearly missed.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the 8th North LDS Church, 165 W. 800 N. Castle Dale, where a viewing will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on that day and on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. at the Fausett Mortuary, 720 N. Center, Castle Dale. Burial will take place in the Orangeville Cemetery.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook and share memories of Myrleen at www.fausettmortuary.com.