Myrtle Coger Engs, 101, of Williamsburg, died on November 1, 2018.
She was born in Rocky Mount, Virginia on July 3, 1917, the daughter of Samuel Coger and Zula Holland.
She graduated from Cheney State University and taught in the Williamsburg/James City County School system for many years, one of the first teachers to introduce kindergarten to the WJCC public school system.
Married to Captain Robert Nathaniel Engs, Myrtle was a world traveler spending numerous years on assignment with her husband and children, particularly in Frankfurt Germany, Fort Carson, Colorado, and finally, Ft. Eustis, Virginia during the early 1950’s and 1960’s. Moving to Williamsburg, she distinguished herself not only as an educator, but also as a community servant, active on the Williamsburg Regional Library Board, Friends of the Library, Thomas Nelson Community College Board. the Retired Teachers Association, Le Cercle Charmant and Order of St. Luke. Her love for St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, promoting literacy, helping those less fortunate, and seeing the best in everyone, was well known throughout the community. At Spring Arbor her last residence. she was known as a scrabble lover, and played weekly with her friends.
Myrtle is survived by her daughter Barbara E. Watson, her son Michael S. Engs, grandchildren, Joi Gary, Leia Gary, Robert Engs, and Stephanie Engs; great grandchildren Caia Brown and Terrell Atkins; son-in-law, Robert Watson and daughter in law Sidney D. Engs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Nathaniel Engs and her son, Robert Francis Engs.
A memorial service will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 4:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1333 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185; FISH 312 Waller Mill Road, #800, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or the Hospice House, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 4:30 pm
St. Martin's Episcopal Church
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