Clydene Partridge Myer, 90, passed away peacefully at her home on Dauphin Island, Alabama, on September 7, 2023. She leaves behind an incredible legacy and was truly cherished by all who knew her. She was beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a servant of Christ.
Clydene, known affectionately as "Gran" by so many, lived her life to the fullest. She never met a stranger and had a remarkable ability to connect with people. With a sharp wit and fun-loving nature, Clydene loved laughter and you could not help but have a good time whenever you were with her.
Clydene was born on July 27, 1933, to Clyde and Dorothy Fritz Partridge. She met the love of her life, Marvin Ertis Myer Jr., and was married in 1950. She was a graduate of Alba High School and the University of South Alabama and had an esteemed career as a Registered Nurse in Mobile. Alongside her husband, she moved from Theodore to Dauphin Island in 1988 and became an important member of the community where she was active at the Dauphin Island United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years, and enjoyed volunteering for the Estuarian at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Clydene loved Dauphin Island, and thoroughly enjoyed spending time on the water with loved ones. So many fond memories with Clydene are from fishing or shrimping trips, and beach trips with her grandchildren.
Marvis Ertis and Clydene were married for 57 years prior to his death in 2007. The love, respect, and faith that their marriage was founded upon has carried over into the lives of their 5 children and continues to be a role model for further generations of their family. Though Clydene will be missed dearly, the family finds great joy knowing that she is reunited with Marvin once again, as well as her daughter Dena Kay (Myer) Toenes who passed in 2006, and other family members gone before her. Clydene was so proud of her family, avidly supporting every endeavor and marveling in the accomplishments of her kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, no matter how big or small.
Of all her many talents, Clydene was perhaps most well known for her culinary skills. She would never let anyone go hungry and always seemed to have a hot meal waiting for you. What we would all give to have another bowl of her famous gumbo, because no matter how many times she tried to teach others exactly how to do it, nothing could ever come close to Gran's gumbo. She radiated a warm and compassionate spirit to everyone around her and showed her love in a variety of ways, but perhaps none more fitting than the food she enjoyed preparing for those she cared about.
In addition to her late husband and daughter, Clydene is preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Ruth Isham and Margaret Akridge. She is survived by her sister Joanne Sprinkle; daughters, Janice Midden and Sandra (Gary) Lovorn; sons, Marvin Ertis (Sonya) Myer III, and David (Kathy) Myer; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren (with another on the way!), numerous nieces and nephews, and so many dear friends who were like family to her.
Though we all mourn Clydene's passing, we celebrate a life well lived, full of love and laughter, and we will share our countless memories of her for generations to come.
Funeral services will be held at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at 11am. The family will receive friends for public visitation from 9:30am until service time. Internment will be at Oddfellows Cemetery in Bayou La Batre.
Pallbearers will be her 6 grandsons; Chris Toenes, Justin Toenes, Brandon Myer, Bradly Myer, Kent Myer, and Kirk Myer.