Myrtle A. Ferrie, 92, of Russell, PA, and a resident of the Rouse Home, Youngsville, PA, died peacefully at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice residence on Friday, March 20, 2020. She was born June 20, 1927 in Jamestown, NY, daughter of the late Ernest and Clara Swanson Anderson. Myrtle was proud of her Swedish heritage, which she celebrated by cooking and baking traditional Swedish meals for her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Heath L. Ferrie whom she married November 12, 1949 at First Lutheran Church, Warren, PA, who died November 16, 2016.
Myrtle was a resident of Russell, PA, for the past 68 years. She was a 1945 graduate of Jamestown High School. Myrt was employed for over 30 years in the office of her friends, the late Dr. George and Dr. Veryl Riley of Russell, PA. Myrtle started each day by reading her Upper Room devotional. Myrtle is a member of Russell United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and attended the adult Sunday school class, former member of the church choir, Thursday circle and the administrative council. She was also a member of the Pine Grove Lioness Club and the sewing club. Myrt greeted everyone with her beautiful smile and warm heart. She could be found busy in her kitchen baking bread, rolls, and cookies for family and friends. Myrt loved anything chocolate. Myrtle was an avid flower gardener and always made sure there were flowers inside the home as well. She also enjoyed playing the organ and accordion.
She is survived by her 3 children – Kathleen Fithian and husband, Brad of Russell, PA, Dean Ferrie of Boynton Beach, FL, Lynn Ferrie of Elberta, AL, 3 Grandchildren – James Fithian and wife, Amanda of Akeley, PA, Kristina Fithian of Boynton Beach, FL, Thomas Ferrie of AL, 3 Great Grandchildren – Andrea, Wade and Craig Fithian of Akeley, PA, several nieces and nephews and Chris Alabaugh, family friend and devoted caregiver.
A private funeral service will be conducted at Russell United Methodist Church, Main Street, Russell, PA, with Rev. Jerome Kennedy, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Russell, PA. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Russell United Methodist Church, earmarked for Find Us Faithful, PO Box 28, Russell, PA, 16345, or Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA, 16365.
Email condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com. The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with arrangements.