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Myrtle Ovedia Clement Bliton -- Austin

AUSTIN -- Funeral services for Myrtle Ovedia Clement Bliton, 93, will be at 11 a.m., Thursday in St. Olaf Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Ronald Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. Bliton died Saturday morning (June 21, 2003) in Peoria, Ariz.

Myrtle Asper was born Nov. 5, 1909, in Miles City, Mont. In 1910, the family returned to the family farm near Adams. She attended school in Adams and later continued her education at a business college in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she also worked before returning to Austin. She later worked at J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and was a school secretary for Austin Public Schools until her retirement. She married Edwin L. Clement on June 21, 1930, in Austin. He died July 26, 1956, and on July 3, 1969, she married Arleigh N. Bliton at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. He died on Sept. 23, 1992. She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, where she participated in many activities for more than 70 years, sang in the church choir for 25 years and was an associate member of the American Lutheran Church in Sun City, Ariz. She was a member of Sons of Norway, where she held various offices, and she volunteered at the Mower County Senior Center. She was a member of the Busy Bee Birthday Community Club and a member of The Cedars Kitchen Band. She enjoyed traveling, genealogy, quilting, walking and exercise classes. For the past five years she has lived at Sun Grove Retirement Village in Peoria, where she moved to be near her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children, Gerald (Linda) Clement of Surpise, Ariz.; Judy (Roger) Folven of Lake Mills, Iowa; James (Andrea) Clement of Scottsdale, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene Hurd of Austin, Texas, and Madeline Cockrum of Anaheim, Calif.; and four brothers, Harold Asper of Orcas Island, Wash.; Maurice (Eva) Asper of Sun City, Calif., William Asper of Yerington, Nev., and Myron (Gloria) Asper of Shakopee, Minn. She was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

Friends may call at the church one hour before the service. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is in charge of arrangements.

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