Myrtle Coger Engs

November 1, 2018
Myrtle Coger Engs

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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.


Thursday, November 8, 2018
4:30 PM

St. Martin's Episcopal Church - Directions
1333 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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  • November 05, 2018
    Suzanne Hagedonr says:
    I was so very sorry when I heard that Ms. Myrtle went into Hospice, but she had a beautiful, inspirational life and I hope that her family was able to gather around her at Hospice in the days before her death. It seems right, meet, and fitting that this modern-day saint would go back to her maker on the Feast of All Saints. She was an inspiration and role model for her church family at St. Martin's and my family felt privileged to know her and worship with her. May she have eternal rest after her well-lived life, and may light perpetual shine upon her as she feasts eternally with all the saints.

  • November 06, 2018
    Bill and Betsy Pritchard says:
    Bill and I send our deepest sympathy to Myrtle’s children and her family. We loved Myrtle and was so blessed to have known her through Saint Martins. With the love of Christ that shined through her she touched so many lives. We will miss her but the Lord blessed her with a very long life and now she is resting in her eternal home with her loving Savior and we will see her again someday. She was one of the sweetest and loving ladies I have ever known and she never forgot you. May the Lord give her family peace and comfort in the days ahead. Love in Christ, Bill and Betsy

  • November 07, 2018
    Allison Brody says:
    Peter and I send our most sincere condolences to Barb and the entire family for the loss of your beloved mother to whom you were so lovingly dedicated. What a wonderful gift Myrtle was to this world. A lion of a woman has left us. May her memory be a blessing to all.

  • November 08, 2018
    Thayer Cory says:
    Barbara, I was so sorry to hear about you mom's passing. I only met her several times, but saw her at so many community gatherings and important events. Her energy was infectious and her spirit palpable. I know this leaves a big hole in your life and in your heart. I will be holding you and your family in the Light in the days ahead.

  • November 09, 2018
    Kathy Carlson and Hilda offutt says:
    What a remarkable woman! In recent years I would see Myrtle at Spring Arbor when I was there visiting my mother. She had the most beautiful smile and just seemed to radiate love and kindness. I heard stories about how she would remain in the dining room long after a meal was over to cheer up an unhappy resident. My mom and I are blessed to have known her..