The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Myrtle Gorley


November 17, 2016

Myrtle Gross Gorley, 95, formerly of Cathlamet, died November 11, 2016 at a Longview care center. She was born to Olaf and Olive Harold on July 13, 1921 in Salem, Ore. She graduated high school there in 1939 and in 1940 married Heston Gross in Roseburg, Ore.

In 1947 they moved to Cathlamet and soon purchased the Red and White Market. In 1958 they moved their business across the street and named it Grosses Market, operating it until 1976.

Heston preceded Myrtle in 1974 and in 1978 she married Larry Gorley. Larry preceded her in 1980.

Myrtle loved baking fabulous pies. She was an avid bowler, golfer and card player and she loved knitting and crocheting, especially tablecloths for gifts. Trips to Reno with friends and family were a favorite outing.

She is survived by a daughter Janice Snyder and son, Wayne Gross and wife Sharon all of Longview, a granddaughter, Michelle Gross of Renton, great granddaughters, Ashley Wade, Lindsey Hawkins and Brooke White a great great grandson Kyle Phillips and several step grand and great grandchildren, also, many nieces and nephews.

In later years Myrtle was preceded by a special friend Norris Ferguson. She was preceded by two brothers, Herbert and Julius Harold and a sister Lorena Logsdon, and her son-in-law Jack Snyder.

No service will be held at her request and she will be laid to rest with her husband Heston at Greenwood Cemetery in Cathlamet. Memorial donations in Myrtle's name may be made to the Cathlamet First Aid Division, P.O.Box 142, Cathlamet, Washington 98612. Dowling Funeral Home of Cathlamet is in charge of arrangements.

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