Myrtle Mary (May) White


(Jan. 4, 2001)

Funeral services were conducted in Gallup, N.M., on January 9 for Myrtle Mary (May) White, 99, who died Thursday, Jan. 4 at the Powell Nursing Home.

She was the mother of Minnie Cozzens of Powell.

Myrtle Mary Merrill White was born May 13, 1901, in Colonia Dublan, Mexico, to Thomas Allen Merrill and Mary Eliza (James) Merrill, the second of 10 children. The family moved to Ramah, N.M., from Mexico.

On Nov. 17, 1919, she married Richard Kennedy White in Gallup, N.M. They worked in Ramah for five years, then moved to Gallup and started The White Elephant Storage and Transfer business. In 1936, they bought the store and post office in Ft. Wingate, N.M. and were Indian traders for five years before buying a ranch at Ramah where they ranched until retirement.

She was a hard worker all her life and enjoyed many hobbies. She liked to sew, knit, crochet and quilt, sharing with her children and grandchildren. She spent many hours working at the Ramah, N.M., Cemetery. She kept busy up until a few months before her death.

She was buried in the Ramah Cemetery.