Myrtle Ellen Bornander

Myrtle Ellen Bornander

Myrtle Bornander of St Augustine passed away peacefully on November 16, 2007, she was 82. Myrtle, an identical twin, was born in New Zealand. She moved permanently to the United States after marrying the love of her life, Paul, who was a Lt Commander in the Navy during WWII. They started their married life in her native New Zealand but lived in Jacksonville for 25 years before retiring to Welaka so they could live on the water, fish and enjoy their life together. They were able to spend 20 years enjoying that life

Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years, Paul and by her grandson, “Young” Paul , her favorite fishing buddy. She is survived by her four daughters: Anne Harmon Hubert of Atlantic Beach, Patricia Reilly of St Augustine, Joyce Brandt Bill of Orangedale and Anita Normington Mark of Jacksonville. Other survivors include her sisters, Joy Stone Delmar of Ogden, Utah. Dorothy Gilbert and Maureen Isbell of New Zealand and six grandchildren eight great grandchildren and her many nieces and nephews in New Zealand.

Myrtle became an American Citizen after moving permanently to the United States in the late 50’s. She never failed to voice her opinion through her right to vote. She worked for years at The Vogue Shop at the Town & Country Shopping Center in Jacksonville and met a variety of friends who stayed in touch with her over the course of many years. Everyone loved her charming accent and her friendly approach to everything. She was an avid fisherman for much of her life and loved her life on the River with her darling Paul. Her family was very important to her, but he was the center of her world. While she will be greatly missed, it is comforting to know they are together again.

For those who would like to honor Myrtle’s life, please send donations to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida or to the Salvation Army in lieu of flowers or other gifts.

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  1. Gael Highley nee Sesco says:

    To Anne, Scooter, Nita and Joyce: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. I lost Mum Helen Sescoin 2001 but still miss her every day. Your Mum had a wonderful life, and a wonderful family…she’s probably up there with my Mum right now having a good old “catch up” session. I can just see the four of them Myrtle and Paul, and Helen and Arthur together again. I bet Myrtle is probably trying to talk Mum into playing a tune on the piano. I can still see your Mum in the kitchen making the mashed potatoes with the ciggie hanging out of her mouth and ashes about to fall…we never knew if it was pepper or ashes in the mashed potatoes…so many fond memories from both here and NZ. Please know your Mum is in a better place and with your Dad.

  2. Noelene Mack says:

    We are very sad to hear that Myrtle has passed away. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy to you all
    Noelene, Natalie and Karl Mack and the late Jimmy Mack

  3. anita normington says:

    I don’t know where to begin. I want to thank all of those that Mom and Dad loved. They had so many great friends over the years and they developed such strong bonds. All have been a blessing to us through this very sad time. I remember Thanksgiving with the ashes in the mashed potatoes too. Mom said that it added flavor. We were always having parties and Mom would say “fhb”. This meant family hold back. It was when folks came unexpected and Mom would instist on them staying for dinner, so we’d have to hold back until the guests were fed. That’s just how they were. When they moved to Welaka, it broke my heart, but that’s where they wanted to be. They would sit for hours on their deck as boaters would pass by, Dad would call them over to “come have a beer” and they would. My parents were the best ever and my sisters and their families are a tribute to that. We miss them dearly and will never forget thier many valuable words of wisdome. They never interfered in our personal lives, but always offered thier thoughts and it always seemed to be exactly what we needed to hear. It is their teaching that has helped me with my own children and I believe they are great kids as a result of my Mom and Dad and their caring loving nature. The positive thing in this is that are finally together again. Mom really didn’t have a real quality to life after Dad passed. She just missed him too much and no matter how hard she tried to be there for us, it was just too much for her and so the Lord took her from us to be with her one love and we feel blessed that they are together and without pain. We will always love you Mom and Dad. You are in hearts forever and ever. Neat

  4. Dorothy Gilbert says:

    I am going to miss our chats Myrtle, you got to the gate before me but I will meet up with you there in the future.

    your loving sister Dorothy

  5. paula skyrmep says:

    and so to sleep – god bless and all our love Paula, Garry, Michael Donna, Bronwyn Simon, Smo Mattand families

  6. Ginny Jacobs says:

    I am deeply saddened by Aunt Myrtle’s death. I will cherish my happy memories of her and Uncle Paul. They were such a beautiful couple and always happy. She will be missed by all, but we know she will be happy now back with Uncle Paul. I love you and will miss you.

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