She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Mickey Nelms; parents, Willie and Lola Leonard; her sister, Ella Mae Vestal; her brothers, Ernest Leonard, John Leonard and Willie Leonard, Jr.
She is survived by her sister, Betty Puryea; brothers, Dave Leonard and Harold Leonard; and several nieces and nephews.
Myrtle spent a large portion of her life as a caregiver working with special needs patients and as such she had a deep appreciation for those who cared for her. She asked that a special thanks be extended to Dr. Ryan Shao and the staff of both the Wellmont Cancer Institute and Hospice House, especially Tonya, Janie and Robin.
She also asked that a special thanks be extended to Charlotte Cox and Shirlene Slaughter, our secret shoppers and friends beyond comparison for the many things they did to assist us during her illness. Pastor Les Ketron and Helen Walker, thank you for the spiritual support.
Entombment service will be conducted in the mausoleum at Glenwood Cemetery in Bristol, Tennessee on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Pastor Les Ketron will be officiating. We ask that everyone meet at the cemetery at 10:50 A.M.
Tribute Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. 240 Suncrest St., Johnson City, TN (Gray Community) (423) 207-0771.