Myrtle V. Husberg, 68, died Jan. 3, 2008, at Sutter Coast Hospital of natural causes with her family members at her side.
Myrtle was born in Smith River on May 12, 1939, to Clyde and Etta Mae (Henry) Richards, and lived there her whole life.
She graduated from Del Norte High School in 1957, and worked for the telephone company in Crescent City as an operator soon after graduation. She later worked as a teacher's aide at Bess Maxwell Elementary School until the early 1970s.
On Sept. 10, 1960, she married Robert J. Husberg Sr. in Reno, Nev. They had two daughters and a son. Mr. Husberg died July 14, 2006.
Myrtle was a member of the Smith River Rancheria and was proud of her Tolowa Native American values, heritage and culture.
She loved spending time with her family and participating in various family activities including birthdays, weddings, camp-outs and general gatherings. A recent highlight was being able to spend time with her newborn great-granddaughter.
Survivors include her daughter, Terile Keevil, and husband, William, of Crescent City; Tamara Lewis, and husband, Gerald, of Smith River; and Robert Husberg Jr. and Roxanne of Brookings; brother, Eugene Richards, and wife, Lorraine, of Eureka; sisters, Elaine Allen, and husband Robert of Crescent City, and Meredith Keeter, and husband, Mark, of Smith River; and nine grandchildren, Deidre Warren of Crowley, Texas, Angela Husberg of Corvallis, Ore., David Soule, Joshua Lewis and Aimee Husberg, of Siletz, Ore., and Jerime Lewis, Gerald Jr. "Geezer" Lewis, Jenni Lewis and Hannah Mae Husberg; and six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert, a brother, DeWayne Richards, and a grandson, Billy Jack Lewis.
Friends and family are invited to a viewing Friday, Jan. 11, from 2 until 7 p.m. at Redwood Memorial Chapel, 1020 Fifield St., Brookings.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Smith River Indian Shaker Church, 111 Indian Court, with Rodney Vigil and Charlene Young officiating. Additional viewing will take place starting at 10 a.m. preceding the service. Interment will take place at Howonquet Indian Cemetery immediately following the service.
A fellowship/potluck will be held at the Howonquet Community Center for family and friends following interment. Arrangements by Redwood Memorial Care.