Our sweet mother, Myrtle Flaman Petersen left us on November 25, 2015, to be with her heavenly father. She was one of God’s sweetest creations. We were so very fortunate she was chosen to be in our family for almost 97 years. She was always so very happy and positive to everyone…..and served Jesus with every breath.
She and her identical twin sister Mildred, were born in Madras, Oregon to Wesley E. Baker and Alice Elaine Abbott Baker. After that the family moved to Mosier, Oregon so their father could work on the highway construction in the Columbia Gorge. Some years later they moved to The Dalles to attend middle school and The Dalles High School.
Myrtle had two other siblings other than her twin Mildred (Middy). They were Louise Baker Rogers her eldest sister who died at 43, during the 1960’s. Her only brother, the youngest, was Homer Baker, who died a short time ago this year. Her twin sister died at 92 and had been in a nursing home for several years. Myrtle outlived all her siblings.
She graduated from The Dalles High School in 1937, and then she and her twin enrolled in Pacific University, Forest Grove Oregon. They worked as maids for the college president & wife for free room and board because it was during the depression. After college they started nurses training at the Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington. Afterwards Myrtle returned to The Dalles and met Norman Adams who was visiting his mother in the hospital where Myrtle was nursing. So they dated and married and had a daughter, Sandra Adams Dahlberg-Kemppainen when they were in San Diego where he was stationed in the Marine Corps during WWII. After the war, they returned to The Dalles where Norman joined the Oregon State Police. Myrtle returned to nursing at The Dalles General. The marriage dissolved after 6 years.
In 1950 Myrtle married Robert (BOB) Flaman and joined him in a very vibrant growing grocery store business until his death in 1993. They started with East Hill Grocery at 11th and Kelly Avenue, where Bob and his brother Paul Flaman were very successful. So Bob started building Hill Top Market at 12th & Dry Hollow. It is where Columbia Hills Medical Building is now located. Bob believed the east side needed a local grocery. After that they built Hiway Super Market in Goldendale. It is now the “Red Apple Market.” Myrtle worked a lot in the variety sections in both stores in The Dalles.
Bob and Myrtle Flaman had two children. First Susan Bobette Flaman Goodwin in 1953. Then Robert David Flaman in 1954.
Myrtle was active in the community. She served as President of the Women’s Lions Club Auxiliary, who helped to start Sorosis Park. She also served as president of the Mentally Ill Assoc. in the Mid Columbia. But for the longest time she served her church, Christs Scientists; teaching Sunday school and serving as 1st or 2nd reader.
Her favorite pastime was spent in her yard gardening and also sewing clothes for all of us. At Hill Top Market she had the “Stretch & Sew” classes, along with carrying the knit material needed to sew bathing suits and sweaters etc.
In 2000 at age 81, Myrtle saw Dan Petersen at a Pioneer Celebration with his daughters. They invited her to join them. They had known of each other in high school, because he had dated her twin. They then dated and married in the fall. She joined his life and enjoyed many family gatherings and summer picnics. They also enjoyed RV travel and belonged to the Holiday Ramblers Club. They were married 12 years when Daniel peacefully passed on in his sleep at 92 while they were living at the Springs at Mill Creek.
Afterward Myrtle went to live with her eldest daughter Sandra in The Dalles. Myrtle is survived by all of her three children; four grandchildren: Lucas Goodwin in Kalispell, MT; Loren Goodwin of Portland OR; Timothy in Anchorage, AK; and Loanna Haseltine living in Paris, France. Myrtle has 3 great grand children living in Alaska.
Memorial Services will be held on Monday at 2PM December 21, 2015 at the RIVERENZA; 401 E. 10th near The Dalles High School. Pastor Fred Sheldon will officiate the service.
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