Groton - Myrtis Irene Donovan, 91, of Groton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. Myrtis was born on Sept. 1, 1925, in Anderson, S.C., the daughter of Mary and Lon Porter. She is predeceased by her husband, Leroy Donovan, who passed in 2005; and five siblings, Horace, Edward, Addie Mae, Olli Belle and Mary Jane. She is survived by her son, Donald and his wife, Linda, of Ledyard; granddaughter, Tanya Flushman and her husband, Michael; and three great-grandchildren, Henry, Eliza and Sylvia of San Luis Obispo, Calif. She also leaves her sister, Velma Gunter of Hartwell, Ga.; and brother, William of Anderson, S.C.; and nieces and nephews in South Carolina and Georgia; and extended family members in Groton who she loved dearly and who have been an integral part of her 91 years. Her family would like to personally thank the New London Rehabilitation Center of Waterford, Lawrence + Memorial staff of 5.2 and 6.2 and the Vitas Hospice team of Glastonbury for taking care of Myrtis during her long illness. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Smith Lake Cemetery in Groton. There are no visiting hours. Donations in her memory may be directed to Vitas Hospice, 628 Hebron Ave., Suite 300, Glastonbury, CT 06033. Please visit www.byles.com to sign the guest book or share a memory.
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