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Myrtle Broadhurst

May 12, 1929 — December 1, 2023


Myrtle Broadhurst
Age 94 - Otsego, MI
Myrtle Perlin Broadhurst of Otsego, age 94, passed away on December 1, 2023 at Wings Home in Allegan. She was born to Perlin and James Vanarsdal at home in Otsego on Mother's Day, May 12, 1929, the sixth of eleven children. Myrtle went to Hart School where she finished eighth grade then got a job to help the family. The stories she told about walking to school in the snow! She married Carlyle (Herb) Broadhurst who passed in 1983. They had six children: Gary Vanarsdal of White Cloud, Linda Lillion of Hastings, Brenda (Steve) Pride of Otsego, Jim (Carl) and Irene Broadhurst of Plainwell, Dale and Suzanne Broadhurst of Otsego and Jackie Broadhurst of Otsego.  Myrtle was employed for many years at Parker Hannifin - Pneumatics until her retirement in 1992. She was an avid reader of murder mystery books and enjoyed puzzles until she lost her vision. Having played golf for many years with dear friends where it was more for laughs, she was very proud of the hole-in-one she made on the 11th hole at Mullenhurst. Myrtle always said she could probably be a better president than the one in office. She disliked one so much that she was always telling people on the phone where he should go. She lightened up after a helicopter kept hovering over her house and she thought the Secret Service was coming to get her because of her phone conversations! A fun-loving lady that loved to joke and laugh with anyone, she especially loved the shopping trips she took with her daughters and daughters-in-law on long weekend trips. Special friends Lorraine and John Millwood held a special place in her heart. Myrtle is preceded in death by a son, Ed Broadhurst (2022), son-in-law Jim Lillion (2018), granddaughter-in-law Audrey Pride (2023), sister Martha Zimmerman, Elaine Harter, brothers Marion (Pood) Vanarsdal, Marvin Vanarsdal, sisters Edith Jane Vanarsdal, Betty Laws, Joan Dennis, Mildred (Mickey) Nelson, Lynn Morris and companion Rex Coffendafer. Surviving Myrtle is her sister Barbara Krogmann of Oklahoma whom she loved dearly; 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. At her wishes cremation has taken place. There will be no services. Her family will hold a private interment at a later date. The family would encourage those who would like to make a contribution to support "Wings Home" who took such great end of life care for her.

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The family is being assisted by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand St. in Schoolcraft. 269 679-5622 


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