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Myrtle Bell Rinker

August 8, 1928 ~ October 20, 2021 (age 93)


Myrtle Bell Rinker, 93, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 20, 2021, after a brief illness.

She was born on August 8, 1928, in Sonoma, California. The daughter of Walter Earl Johnson and Myrtle Bell Small Johnson. She attended schools in Sonoma and while as a teenager worked as a waitress at the Toscano Hotel. She also volunteered during World War II as a spotter for enemy aircraft. It was during this time she met the love of her life, James Rinker. They were married on August 22, 1948, in Yuma, Arizona. And eventually settling down to raise seven children in Napa, California.

Myrtle was happiest when she was on a hunt for a bargain. Whether it be at a retail store, thrift store, or a garage sale. Her most favorable treasures to find were glass slippers. She had acquired over one thousand slippers in her collection. And always knew where each particular one was. Myrtle was also known for all the crazy quilts she created. She never kept a one. They were all bestowed upon family and friends.

Myrtle was predeceased by her husband Jim in 2016. She is survived by Robert (Gail) Rinker of Vacaville, Sharon (Larry) Warren of Clearlake, Ken (Claudia) Rinker of Napa, Mike (Karen) Rinker of Napa, eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her son Jimmy, son Steven, and daughter JoAnn. She will be greatly missed by her entire family.

Internment will be private with a Celebration of Life will be held at her residence on November 13, 2021, at 1pm.

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