23 March , 1927 – 18 January , 2019
Myrtle Almyra Frostad-Cooper passed away peacefully at the Last Mountain Pioneer Home (LMPH) in Strasbourg, SK, on January 18, 2019 at 91 years of age. She was born to Rev. Peter Nelson and Dena (Robertson) in Meckling, SD on March 23, 1927. When she was two, the family moved to Naicam, SK, where she grew up. She married Rev. Harold Greig Frostad in 1949. Together they raised 4 children; Dena Grue of Camrose, AB, Petrine Edwards (Brian) of Wetaskiwin, AB, Peter Frostad (Carol) of Strasbourg, SK, and Kristine Oudot (Ken) of Fort McMurray, AB. Harold and Myrtle served congregations at Mossbank, SK 1949; Macrorie, SK, 1954; Valhalla Centre, AB, 1956; Chaplin, SK, 1960; Armena, AB, 1964; Duval, SK, 1967; Davidson, SK, 1972; and, then retired to Luther Tower, Saskatoon, SK in 1980. Harold passed away in 1982. Myrtle remarried in 1991 to William (Willy) Cooper, a retired farmer originally from Kenaston, SK. They enjoyed 17 years of companionship before his passing in 2008. Myrtle lived a life of music which included 72 years as a church organist. Myrtle had 11 siblings, 8 of them her senior, who have all predeceased her; Robert, Nora, Eleanor, Mary, Ruth, Bert, Daniel, and Edward. She is survived by Rev. Sidney Nelson (Elaine) of Medicine Hat, AB; Helen Gilbertson (Leon) of Winnipeg, MB; and, Evelyn Martin (Bruce) of Comox, BC. She was also predeceased by her dear daughter-in-law, Bonnie Frostad. Myrtle is survived by 18 grandchildren: Steven Grue, Michael Grue and Paul Grue; Nadine Kelln, Allison Rilcoe, and Darren Kelln; Sidney Frostad, Jody Hilderman, Greig Frostad, and Jill Sovdi; Julie Lee, Wesley Oudot and Petrine McCavour. She was also very proud of her 27 great grandchildren. God bless her memory.
- Memorial Service Saturday, 9 February , 2019
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11 February 2019
Thank you for sharing the funeral of Myrtle Frostad Cooper, I wish I had been able to attend. My early memories are family visits with Frostads and Naicam family reunions -- good times! Once, when my turn to wash dishes at their home and I remember Myrtle calling me back to the kitchen because I hadn’t finished. I didn’t clean the burners. What? We cleaned burners in our house every Saturday. “Well, in my house we do it after supper” so from that time forward I cleaned her burners whenever I washed dishes. Another memory of those family visits is how my father constantly “baited” his sister. He loved to get a rise out of her and thought it was funny. She didn’t.
When I attended Luther College, Peter and Bonny would take me for the weekend, to Davidson. During those weekends I began to develop a relationship of my own with my aunt, uncle and cousins. (I remember Myrtle telling me to never pluck my eyebrows—she warned that they may never grow back, I didn’t listen and she was right!)
When I returned to Saskatoon to begin my Masters of Divinity degree Myrtle and Harold had moved into Luther Towers. I often walked over to visit them. Uncle Harold was interested in what seminary was teaching me. As a child I thought Myrtle and Harold were strict and rigid. As I got to know them as adults, I realized how compassionate they both were and they did have a sense of humor- I loved them both and I was honored to received Harold’s theological library.
The myrtle tree, in the Bible, is actually a symbol of love and is the Hebrew symbol for marriage. Myrtle knew how to love, was a good marriage partner and a good mother. While she sometimes made some harsh decisions, she would eventually come around to a place of love and compassion. Myrtle is free from the suffering of this life, entrusted to the ever-loving arms of God. May those ever loving arms continue to envelop each of you, who will miss her presence in your life. We give thanks for her life.
Gail Gillingham Wylie
28 January 2019
Wonderful memories of Mrs. Frostad, as we called her, sitting at our piano on our farm playing for hours it seems. Probably not that long but when you are a child...... Such a good friend of my mothers!