Myrtle Ellen "Mert" Schultz
1926 - 2020
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May 19, 1926 ˜ July 15, 2020

Myrtle “Mert” Ellen Schultz passed away at the age of 94. Born May 19, 1926, the daughter of Warren and Eva (Williams) Pullam, Mert lived in Vancouver, WA for her first 83 years.
Mert married the love of her life, Col. Walter A. Schultz (Army), and they shared 38 loving years together until Walter’s passing in 1992. Their family included Mert’s daughter, son, and Walt’s 3 children. There was not a day that went by that she did not continue her love for Walt or speak his name.
Mert was a master seamstress having learned to sew from the Singer Company when she was 16 and had a passion for sewing for her entire life. She also had a love for gardening, being at their cabin, bowling, her family and the Post 14 Vancouver American Legion. She and Walt dedicated a lifetime to supporting military men and women. She was proud to be a member of the American Legion for over 60 years, a member of the 40&8 Club and volunteered at the Vancouver VA for over 45 years. Her last 11 years were spent in La Conner, WA, where she enjoyed the beauty of Skagit Valley and being close to her granddaughters.
Mert is survived by two of her sisters: Hazel Hebert and Mary Trenouth; her daughter, Geraldine Graham; son, Larry Schultz (Marilyn); stepsons: Lang Schultz (Nancy) and Val Schultz; grandchildren: Curt Wright (Jeannie), Cari Wright (Wayne), Corin Schneider (Rocky), Trena Gauci (Michael), Carl Graham (Molly), Amy Schultz; and many great and great-great-grandchildren.
There will be no formal services at her request.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to the: American Legion Post 14, 4607 NE St James Road, Vancouver, WA 98663.
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Published in The Columbian on Jul. 26, 2020.
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July 31, 2020
Julie Crockett
July 27, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family. Walt and Mert were Uncle and Auntie to us while growing up. My Grandpa Gene and Grandma Dee Coats were the best of friends. We also purchased a cabin 2 up from them and loved spending time with them always! Feeding Chipmunks and playing Horseshoes. They were always at our family functions. I was probably 12 before I figured out they were not blood relatives to us! So many fond memories from the Legion, The Cabin and various picnics, holidays and parties! Mert was one of the most loving people I have ever known. Hopefully she and Walt are playing some horseshoes and having a twirl on the dance floor ❤
Angie Coats McDougall
July 27, 2020
Myrtle "Mert" as I remember knowing her growing up. She was a school chum of my mothers. Growing up a group of women "The Club" got together once a month and several times all the families got together for picnics and trips to the beach. These gatherings are all great memories. As the years passed, sadly these friends also passed to a new and better home. After my mother passed, I lost track of several of the ladies. Mert is the last of the group to pass. Will think of them all gathering together in Heaven and remembering all the times (good and not so good) they shared. The Club: Irene Allinger, Evelyn Clark, Eileen DeShazer, Mary Ella Farrell, Bette Janssen, Bonnie Larsen, Myrtle Schultz, Lois Watkins
Linda Janssen Clark
July 26, 2020
I am so grateful to have known my Grandmother for my 52 years. She brought wisdom, laughter, uniqueness and connection to my life. She was part of my every day and I will miss her. I will especially miss hearing her call me “Darling”. Love you, Grandma.
Corin Schneider
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