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Myrtle Frances Brandon Hare

March 28, 1921 April 18, 2018
Myrtle  Frances Brandon Hare
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Obituary for Myrtle Frances Brandon Hare

DURHAM: Myrtle Frances Brandon Hare died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on April 18, 2018 at Atria Southpoint Walk of Durham. She was 97 years old.

Myrtle was born March 28, 1921 in Alton, Virginia, the youngest of three children. She was the daughter of George Smith Brandon and Nannie Frances Bane Brandon.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 55 years, Dr. Roy Allen Hare, Sr, her two sisters, Virginia Adelaide Brandon Buchanan and Pattie Mae Brandon Canada, and her cherished toy poodle, Whisper.
Myrtle was a member of First Baptist Church of Durham where she taught Sunday school and enjoyed singing in the choir. She also was a member of Forest Hills and Hope Valley garden clubs, the Watts Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, and the Durham Power Squadron. She had a very special membership in the “Sewing Group.”

She attended Durham Public schools and graduated from Durham High School in 1939 with training in “office practice.” She then worked in several Durham businesses, first as a bookkeeper for Williams Auto Repair and then as a lunch counter lady at Kress department store downtown. At the lunch counter, she enjoyed making her sweetheart, Roy, extra-large banana splits.

During World War II, Myrtle was a Red Cross volunteer “Travelers Aide,” meeting wives of soldiers at the railroad station and helping them find places to stay while their husbands were stationed at Camp Butner, NC.

Myrtle and Roy were married in June of 1945. Her first years of marriage were spent in Long Island, NY supporting Roy while he completed his medical internship and served in the Air Force at Mitchell Air Force Base. Myrtle worked at Hartford National Bank and Hempstead National Bank, and was successful at selling war bonds to people who enjoyed her Southern accent.

Upon returning to North Carolina in 1948, Myrtle and Roy devoted themselves to raising their children. Myrtle loved spending time outdoors and in her yard creating sanctuary for countless birds, with a special love for bluebirds. She and Roy raised many bluebird families through the years. Myrtle also loved boating with Roy and spending time at the North Carolina coast.

Myrtle is survived by her four children and their spouses: Joyce Hare Mallard and husband, Lowell Mallard; Roy Allen Hare, Jr and wife Laura; George Brandon Hare and wife Marsha; Penny Hare Morris and husband, Billy Morris.

Nine grandchildren: Jennifer Mallard Keesee and husband, Jason; Laura Mallard and husband, Grant Seldomridge; Brandon Mallard; Allison Hare Kelly and husband Matt; Wesley Hare; Katie Hare; Benjamin Morris; Anna Morris and husband, Greg Gettles; Emily Morris. Seven great-grandchildren: Rion Keesee, Ellie Rose Keesee, Asa Seldomridge, Bodie Seldomridge, Alexa Mallard, Avery Mallard, Owen Kelly.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers of Atria Southpoint Walk as well as the staff of Duke HomeCare & Hospice who helped us through this journey. We will forever be grateful for your loving care of our Mother.

Myrtle was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She always welcomed you with a smile. Her gifts to everyone were her unconditional love and support and her effortless charm and unselfishness. Some called her Myrtle, others called her Myrtie, or Myrt, Mama, Mom or Mother. Gracious and kind, she was so much to so many, and to all, a perfect example of grace.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Myrtle’s memory can make a donation to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: https://www.cff.org/Get-Involved/Donate/ ; March of Dimes: Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 673667, Marietta, GA 30006; or Animal Protection Society: Attn: Development Office, 2117 E. Club Blvd., Durham, NC 27704 . The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service of Durham.

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
-Mother Teresa


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