Myrtis Irene Conry Shrode
The world lost a jovial friend when Myrtis Irene Conry Shrode passed away June 11, 2013, at Terrace Grove Assisted Living in Logan, Utah, from causes incident to age. Myrtis is survived by her daughter, Flora Grace, and son-in-law, Paul Mark Jakus, who are infinitely grateful to Terrace Grove personnel, especially countless compassionate CNAs, who were generous with hugs and smiles when Myrtis (or we) needed them. Flora and Paul also wish to express their appreciation to Caregivers Support Network, who helped them through an extended period of hospice. Myrtis was born March 15, 1926, in Cookeville, Tenn., to Myrtis Orlena Leonard Conry and Joseph Enoch Conry. Myrtis grew up in Cookeville and graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1943; she earned a master’s degree in nutrition from Iowa State University in 1947. At Iowa State, she met her husband, Robert Ray Shrode, who preceded her in death in 1993. Myrtis was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Joe; and daughter, Beverly. Myrtis; and Bob lived for the first 10 years of their life in College Station, Texas, where Bob taught animal husbandry at Texas A&M, and Myrtis worked in oceanography and nutrition labs. After giving birth to Beverly Irene, Myrtis and Bob moved for Bob’s employment as an animal scientist and professor, to Chazy, N.Y., Sycamore, Ill., and Alcoa. Myrtis was gifted at making friends wherever she went, and she enjoyed lifelong closeness to a circle of about 10 “Cookeville girls” who reunited often in Tennessee. During her 38 years in Alcoa, Myrtis enjoyed weekly (fair weather) bicycle rides and wildflower walks with her “gang” and had many enduring friendships at Alcoa First United Methodist Church and in the community. A former high school basketball player and avid Tennessee Lady Vol fan, Myrtis continually recruited players from among her caregivers; we trust that she has already assembled a high-flying basketball team wherever she is today.