Creswell, Obituaries & Tributes

Myrtle Jean Brock: April 4, 1938 — March 14, 2024

Myrtle Jean Brock, a cherished homemaker from Creswell, Ore., passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on March 14, 2024, at the age of 85.

She entered this world as Myrtle Jean Quarles on April 4, 1938, in Bearden, Ark., to Luther Quarles and Rachel Young. After graduating high school, Myrtle devoted herself to crafting a nurturing and affectionate home for her family.

She will be fondly remembered for her exceptional baking skills, love of reading, and enthusiastic presence at Duck football games, where she cheered fervently alongside her loved ones. Myrtle Jean found immense joy in spending quality time with her family, friends, and feline companions.

On Oct. 12, 1957, Myrtle Jean exchanged vows with Gene Earl Brock, and together, they cultivated a life brimming with love and laughter in Creswell. Sadly, Gene departed in March 2014.

Myrtle Jean is survived by her children, Thoma Butler (Art) of Creswell, Ore., and Gene Brock Jr. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Nicole McGaha (Bryan Fairchild) and son Logan; Jason McGaha (Clarissa) and their children Tessa Stoltz, Tucker Stoltz and his son Jaxton, Laney McGaha, and Lyla McGaha; Derek Mergener (Mandy Bradford) and daughter, Gemma, Alyssa Ross (Jordan) and Joey Mergener (Lisa Rundquist) and their daughter Arleyana; Jeffrey Sanders (Melissa Christian) and son Colby, Christopher Brock, Krista Farris (David) and their sons Austin, Cameron, Connor, and Dylan; Michelle Heisler (Logan) and their children Jake and Keely; Michael Brock (Katy) and their children Riley and Grayson. She is also survived by her sisters, Hildred Wilson, Linda Walthall, and Pat Walthall, as well as her brother, Dennis Quarles.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Gaylynn Mergener (Mark), and her sister, Ina Morton.

A commemoration of Myrtle Jean’s life is scheduled for Friday, April 5, 2024, at noon at the VFW Hall at 111 S. 10th St., Creswell, OR 97426. Myrtle’s benevolence, gentleness, and devotion to her family will be profoundly missed by all whose lives she touched.



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