Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home

601 North Alleghaney, Odessa, TX


Myrtle A Mercer

July 13, 1927August 2, 2019

Myrtle Olivia Armstrong Mercer, age 92, of Frisco, died August 2, 2019. Visitation will be Thursday, August 8 at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home from 6-8 pm. Graveside services will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens Friday, August 9 at 11 am. Doy Smithson, of Life Change Baptist Church, will be officiating.

Myrtle was born July 13, 1927, in White Earth, ND to Willis and Clara (Strom) Armstrong. She lived in North Dakota until the family moved to San Pedro, CA in 1943. There, she met her future husband of 68 years, C. L. “Red” Mercer. They were married August 30, 1944. They were married by the Presbyterian preacher who said it “would not last”.

They moved back to Red’s home in Valera, TX in 1945 and eventually settled in Odessa in 1949. They raised two sons, Robert and Danny and two daughters, Verna and Brenda. They were members of Temple Baptist Church and then Life Change Baptist Church.

Myrtle was a homemaker, a wife, mother, friend and sister. She worked in the food industry for a time. The word most often used to describe her was “sweet”.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Red Mercer, son Robert Mercer and grandson Cody Mercer. She also preceded in death by her brothers, Lloyd Armstrong, George Armstrong, and sister, Wilma Sitchler.

Myrtle is survived by her daughters Verna Glynn of Frisco, Brenda Virgin and husband Michael of Odessa, and son Danny Mercer of Valera. She is also survived by her sisters Carol Wooten in California and Lila Williams in Oregon. She is survived by grandchildren: Charles Mercer, Stephanie Anderson, Patrick Glynn, Colin Glynn, Tina Dudeck, Kris Virgin, Drew Virgin and Jennifer Mercer Saurer, and many great-grandchildren, who loved her dearly.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, August 9, 2019


Myrtle A Mercer

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Mary June Reed

August 9, 2019

I have great memories of Myrtle's annual visits to Southern California. I didn't see my cousins very often when we were growing up, White Earth was a long trip those days. Here is a photo of some of us together back then and not too long ago.
All our love to her family
from cousin Mary June and family.

Robin Ibarra

August 7, 2019

We are so glad we (Robin & Gustavo Ibarra, Roxanne McIlvain & Riley La Rose) got to visit our Aunt Myrtle on Sunday, July 28, 2019. We had a great afternoon and supper with her, and even laughs! It was wonderful and I've also been blessed to have visited her several times over the last few years! Love you so much and will always keep you in my heart!

Pat Hardy

August 6, 2019

Myrtle was an amazing and loving person. I remember growing up and attending family gatherings at Mama and Papa’s house and the family reunions she always had a camera taking photos of all of us as we enjoyed being together.

Robert Needham

August 6, 2019

Some of my fondest childhood memories were thanks to Myrtle (and Red). Kris and I would walk from Reagan to their house after school and just get to be boys. From what seemed like an unlimited supply of Ding Dongs and Sausage biscuits to playing with turtles in the back yard to the most comfy big orangish-yellow couch known to man, Myrtle was always right there to make sure we were happy boys. And we were!

For a boy who did not have grandparents near him, it was a wonderful feeling to be "adopted" as one of her own. I am forever grateful for the love she showed us and for giving two young boys the chance to start their lifelong friendship in a safe and loving environment.

Roxanne McIlvain

August 6, 2019

I was so fortunate to be able to see my aunt Myrtle a week ago Sunday for a visit it was wonderful to see her again and may she always rest in peace you will be missed so much

Jenny Armstrong

August 6, 2019

Being one of Myrtle's nieces, I am so glad I got to visit with her in the past 5 years, since we've lived many miles apart for years.
She always said something that made me laugh, (wether intentional or not). I was visiting her at her home in Odessa, and we'd had a delicious lunch of beans that my Uncle Creath had made. (Those were the best beans I've ever had!) Aunt Myrtle was sitting across the table from me after lunch and she said "You have more grey hair than I do." ( I think she'd been thinking this for a while, after getting a good visual confirming her suspicions.) I just had to hold back my laughter, because I was thinking, there is no way I have more grey hair than her! I chuckled, and said smiling "Well maybe I do . . . "