On July 16th, 2015 I found out my grandmother passed away. She was a wonderful lady and truly an inspiration on how life should be lived. She always kept a positive attitude no matter what was going on in life. I believe her last days on this earth where kept in comfort even as her body was failing. She will live always in my heart and continue to inspire my life. I will never forget the time that I spent with her.

You were always an inspiration to me,
A beacon of light in a sometimes dark world,
Always so positive in all that you did,
Your light will always shine in my heart,
The skies have gained another bright star.


MyrtleRuthWhiteheadMyrtle Ruth (James) Whitehead passed away on July 15, 2015 at the age of 90 years, after a brief battle with cancer. Myrtle was born January 27, 1925, In Oak Harbor and was graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 1943. She was the daughter of Herbert N and Marie (Ronhaar) James, early farmers in the Crescent Harbor section of Whidbey Island. Myrtle was also the granddaughter of Whidbey Island pioneer Williams James, Jr., a British Marine who settled in the Crescent Harbor area in the 1860’s after over-extending his leave while being stationed on San Juan Island in support of the Washington Pig War.Except for a short period during WWII when Myrtle lived in Grass Valley, CA while her husband, Arnold, served in the Army, she lived her entire life in Oak Harbor. During her time in Oak Harbor, she worked for nearly 30 years for Puget Sound Power and Light Company in their Oak Harbor office.

Myrtle was a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout leader, a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, and a Rebekah, for which she received a service award and served as Rebekah Treasurer for many years.Myrtle enjoyed living in her home independently until 90 years of age as well as cooking, taking cruises, watching golf, the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners games, and spending time with her family. In her younger days, Myrtle enjoyed summer camping trips in British Columbia with her family and friends.

Myrtle was well known for the afghans and baby blankets she crocheted, donating them to families with newborn infants. Many other Oak Harbor charities received additional crocheted items. She was involved in many charitable projects, including the Rebekah’s Seed Money Project conducted in support of Day Break Adult Care. Myrtle was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Oak Harbor.

Myrtle is survived by her son Roger (Maureen) of Chelmsford, MA, and daughter Karen (Jack) Bean of Coupeville, WA. She is also survived by grandchildren Leslie (Tom) Pace of Oklahoma City, OK, Greg Whitehead of Gardner, MA; Jerry Roles of Lynwood, WA., Kevin Cody-Little and Justin Cody of Chelmsford, MA, Ryan Cody of Worcester, WA., Scott Bean of Kirkland, WA. and Russell Bean of Oak Harbor. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Timothy (Kayla) Roles of Kennewick,WA; Emily and Abby Pace of Oklahoma City, OK; Loki Bell-Whitehead of Gardner, MA; Lyra Cody-Little of Chelmsford, MA, Samantha Bean and Josh Reeff of Oak Harbor, and great-great grandchild, Rhylee Reeff of Oak Harbor. Sister Alice Kammenga of Mt. Vernon, WA also survives as well as many nieces and nephews.

Myrtle’s husband, Arnold, preceded her in death in 1988 as did a grandson, Timothy Wayne Roles in 1982 and sisters Frances Schmerhorn and Hazel Boswell.

The family would like to thank the team of visiting nurses from Whidbey General Hospital Hospice, especially Chris Carpenter and support personnel Rosie and Delores for the excellent care and support during Myrtle’s last weeks. We would also like to thank Laurann Weidenbach and Island Home Nursing, especially Caroline, and the support from friends in the community.


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