OBITUARY

Myrtle Elizabeth Surber

February 28, 1926September 24, 2020
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Myrtle Elizabeth Gordon Surber, 94, of Lynchburg passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Lynchburg General Hospital.

Born in Amherst County, February 28, 1926, Myrtle Elizabeth was the baby and last surviving child of Lewie Edward and Etta Schaar Gordon. Her five brothers, E.T., Dick, Ernie, Bob and Gene and three sisters, Gerty, Polly and Louise comprised the hard working, fun loving Gordon clan.

Myrtle married after graduating high school in 1943. She lovingly raised four children while working full time at General Electric in Lynchburg from which she retired. She was a lifelong member of Wesleyan United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Tiller and husband Frank of Lynchburg; two sons, Jeff Miller and wife Joyce Foster of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Douglas Miller and wife Ann of Bedford. Her eldest son, Donald Miller, preceded her in death. Myrtle was very proud of her grandchildren, Ingrid M. Taylor, Knight Miller, Autumn Miller, Summer M. Hubbard, Nicole T. Crawford, Jacob Miller and Chelsea M. Riddle. She was equally proud to have six great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Myrtle was the widow of Thomas B. Surber whom she married later in life. They enjoyed many happy years, camping, fishing and traveling together. She will also be missed by Tom’s children, Butch Surber, Pat Trees and Pam Gallaher and special grandson, Christopher.

The later years brought physical challenges, but Myrtle remained mentally sharp. She enjoyed reading, solving the “daily jumble” and was an avid Jigsaw Puzzler. Family was everything to her. She lived by the mantra “Be Kind”.

The family is deeply grateful to her caregivers Vicky and Jason for the care they provided this past year. A graveside service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 28, 2020 at the Schaar Family Cemetery in Amherst.

Friends are invited to pay their respects and sign the register on Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Wesleyan United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 757 Amherst, VA 24521 or simply help someone in need.

  • FAMILY

  • Thomas R. Surber, Second Husband (deceased)
  • Jacqueline A. Tiller, Daughter
  • Jeffrey Miller, Son
  • Douglas Miller, Son
  • Donald A. Miller, Son (deceased)
  • Myrtle was very proud of her grandchildren, Ingrid M. Taylor, Knight Miller, Autumn Miller, Summer M. Hubbard, Nicole T. Crawford, Jacob Miller and Chelsea M. Riddle. She was equally proud to have six great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.


    She will also be missed by Tom’s children, Butch Surber, Pat Trees and Pam Gallaher and special grandson, Christopher.

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  • DONATIONS

  • Wesleyan United Methodist Church

Services

  • Open Time to Pay Respects

    Sunday, September 27, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, September 28, 2020

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Susan Parks

September 28, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Myrtle's passing. She was a beautiful lady. Always so kind and friendly. She loved life and loved to laugh. Our dad, Clint always enjoyed visiting the Gordon family. They would reminisce, laugh and enjoyed being together. As neighbors, they were there for each other. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with the family.
The Arringtons- Betty, Susan, Debbie, Larry and Laura

Knight Miller

September 26, 2020

I’am very grateful that I had such a Great Spirit in my life that taught me self determination is my universal human right, if you got the chance to witness her determination you we’re probably playing a card game or just learning from her wisdom . Grandma’s love was like a cold glass of water after dying of thirst . I will constantly be reminded just how half full your glass is!!!! Miss you so much !!!! May I be a reflection of your love & respect in all my relations.

Autumn Miller

September 25, 2020

To my amazing Grandmother,

Thank-you for teaching me to work hard, be kind and always see the positive even in dark times... you taught me the power of prayer and to always have faith. You are the most amazing woman I’ve ever known and I am so happy to have had countless memories with you!

I will always remember your amazing cooking, playing pass the pigs and Yahtzee, the many shopping trips to River Ridge Mall, outings at Peaks View Park, Myrtle Beach summer vacations and Sunday’s at church out in the country.

Rest In Peace, you are forever in our hearts 💕

All my love,

-Autumn

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Mom visiting Grandma Fannie Schaar

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Sisters Forever

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Mom, Lou & Jim

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Jeff & Mom with “baby Doug”

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Mom visiting Grandma Fannie Schaar

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Sisters Forever

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Mom, Lou & Jim

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Jeff & Mom with “baby Doug”

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