Myrtle A. Bellingham, 90, of Ostrander, died of natural causes on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at the Ostrander Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Myrtle Annette Nelson was born Sept. 2, 1923, in York Township, Fillmore County, to Nikoli "Nick" and Kristine (Skogen) Nelson. She grew up on the family farm, attended Liberty rural school near Greenleafton and graduated from Preston High School in 1941. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1942, where she was employed at the U.S. Mint, returning to Minnesota in 1945.

She was married on Feb. 1, 1948, at Bloomfield Lutheran Church in Ostrander to Robert Bellingham. The couple farmed in Bristol Township in rural Harmony, before transplanting to Georgia in 1959. She was employed as a bookkeeper for her husband's wheel weight manufacturing business and several other companies. They also lived in Arizona, Iowa and Florida. Mr. Bellingham died July 5, 1972. She moved to Rochester in 1973, where she was employed at the First National Bank for a number of years. She retired in 1988 and went to Stewartville, where she lived until moving to Ostrander Assisted Living in 2005.

She loved music and her church and was a church pianist/organist in several churches over the years and sang in the Trinity Lutheran Church choir in Rochester for 12 years. She was currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander and a past member of the Stewartville Senior Citizens.

She loved traveling and especially enjoyed a trip with her brother, George, to Norway, sightseeing and meeting relatives. She enjoyed visiting with friends and especially enjoyed times spent with her family.

She is survived by sister-in-law, Marion Meinen Nelson and brother-in-law, William (Bill) Bellingham, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; five brothers and two sisters, Oscar, George, Herman, Richard, Albert, Nora and Bertha; and a nephew, Delvin Nelson.

The funeral services were held last Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander with the Rev. Herman Bakker officiating. Burial was at St. Matthew's Cemetery in rural Granger.

Arrangements were with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.