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Surrounded by family, Myrtle Margaret Matilda Clavelle (Butler), aged 94 of Saskatoon, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2018 after a brief struggle with cancer. She was born September 17, 1923 in Montreal, Quebec, the youngest daughter of Thomas and Matilda Butler. Following the death of her mother when she was only 4 years old, Myrtle was raised by her stepmother, Delia Ingalls (Mignot). Following a short courtship, Myrtle left Montreal in June of 1946 to marry Walter, who preceded her death in 2005. They lived on the family farm near Plunkett without any of the amenities she was accustomed to in the big city (power, running water, sewer...). Life in the country was a huge change, and this was immediately evident when Myrtle stepped off the train in her high-heeled shoes to the graveled streets of Plunkett. She faced numerous challenges and resolutely tackled each with grace, perseverance, and a wonderful sense of humor. Family was her passion and pleasure. Summers meant the arrival of relatives, young and old, and with 4 growing boys, her cooking skills were always put to the test. Her days were busy with little time to pursue her love of painting, crafting, and decorating. When the bus pulled into the yard at the end of the school day, the boys were often welcomed with the fresh aroma of Myrtle's delicious hot buns, apple or cabbage strudel, chokecherry jelly, or a big pot of soup. Left to honor and remember her love are Myrtle's 3 sons, Howard, Bruce, and Terry and her daughters-in-law, Renee, Linda, Trudy, and Janice. She took enormous pride in her 9 grandchildren and loved being 'Nana' to Patrick, Tammy, Crystal, Clinton, Erin, Brett, Adam, Drew, and Todd, and her 12 great-grandchildren. Myrtle was predeceased by her oldest son, Bob, in 2016; her husband of 59 years, Walter; 2 brothers, Robert and Clifford Butler; and a sister Adele de Paul. Special friends, Donna Flach and Anna Kostuk, lovingly cared for Myrtle the last 10 years of her life, and the family gives them their utmost gratitude. Thank you also to St. Paul's Palliative Care Unit for their outstanding compassion. At Myrtle's request, there will be no funeral. A private graveside gathering for immediate family members will take place at the Plunkett Cemetery at a later date. To honor her final message, "be very kind to each other because life is short", we hope you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone else in Myrtle's name. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Paul's Palliative Care Unit at 1702 20th Street West, Saskatoon, SK, S7M 0Z9, would be greatly appreciated.