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Myrtle Drorbaugh

August 21, 1923 — March 9, 2024


Myrtle (Mert) Helen Meier Drorbaugh was born in Salem Oregon at the Deaconess Hospital on  August 21, 1923 to George and Lena Meier.  Both parents were emigrants from Switzerland.  Mert grew up during the Great Depression and family was the central focus of her upbringing. She attended schools in the Salem area and it became evident at an early age that she was full of musical talent which she shared with everyone throughout her life.

In 1942 she met the love of her life. Shortly after the courtship began, Daryl was dispatched to the Pacific and fought for our freedom on Okinawa. She waited patiently for his return and shortly thereafter married in the summer of 1944.

They settled in Portland, Or. and raised two children, Susan, and John. Mert went to work for the Portland School District at David Douglas High School where she spent many years and retired as head bookkeeper. The family built a floating cabin (boathouse) on the Columbia River and spent many wonderful summers water skiing, fishing, and lighting bonfires on McGuire Island.

In 2002 Mert and Daryl relocated to Meridian, Idaho to be closer to immediate family. Sadly, Daryl passed away shortly thereafter. That did not slow Mert down as she became an avid golfer at Lakeview golf course where she made many friends and acquaintances. She set a few records along the way and was featured in Pacific Northwest Golfer Magazine for posting an incredible number of rounds at the young age of 90. That along with chasing her grandson around for his sporting activities and playing bridge regularly kept her quite busy.

Mert was preceded in death by her husband Daryl and son John. She is survived by her daughter Susan (Osterburg) and her husband Jann, grandson Jon and his wife Brittany, great grandchildren Alana and Summer, step grandson Jason and step great grandson Liam, as well as her sister Trudy and many nieces and nephews.

We’re sure she is now back with the love of her life as it should be. No service will be held as the family will gather privately later this year. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

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