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Myree Blue Muller

Palo Alto, Calif. — Myree Blue Muller, formerly of Thetford Hill, Vt., died Oct. 28, 2013, in Palo Alto. Born in Toledo, Ohio, to Colonel Franz Sigel Blue, USA, and Myrtle Homes Blue, she and her older sister Jane spent their early childhood in Ohio. In the aftermath of the Depression, their family moved to Washington, D.C.

Myree attended Swarthmore College, majoring in English literature, and completed her last year of college at the George Washington University. Afterwards she taught school in Dallas before marrying Lieutenant Commander Ragnwald Muller, USN, whom she had met at a dance at the U.S. Naval Academy.

They lived in California, Maryland, Tennessee, and Germany before moving back to Maryland as a result of his career with the U.S. Navy, along with their growing family, Jim, Carol, and Bill. Rags’s work after retiring from the Navy took the family to California and New York, and later with Myree to the Washington, D.C., area, before they retired to Thetford Hill.

They spent many happy years in Vermont, enjoying the four seasons, the small town community, recreational activities, neighbors and friends, civic activities, bridge, dancing, and travel to visit children and grandchildren in Alaska, California, and Maine, and to favorite locations from the early years of their marriage as well as new ones, visiting friends far and wide. Myree enjoyed painting and ILEAD classes, volunteered with performing, musical, and visual arts organizations, as well as at church, gardened, skied, collected antiques, joined the Rondo Club, and helped establish a gallery for local artists to exhibit at Latham Memorial Library on Thetford Hill. After her husband died, declining health led her first to move to Maine and then to California.

Throughout her life, she maintained grace, elegance, style, and often exuberant enthusiasm for life, ideas, beauty, and new adventures. Intrigued by history, archæology, art, and music, she painted, visited museums, read voraciously, and appreciated concerts and recorded classical music. A gracious hostess, Myree invariably made guests feel welcome and special, and her gardens and home were another canvas for her artistry. She delighted in children wherever she encountered them – especially her four grandchildren, Kaethe Henning, Scott Henning, Helen Muller, and Zachary Muller. In her last years, she took pleasure in many small joys – fresh flowers, classical music, poetry, and hummingbirds visiting the salvia on her porch – and was patient and witty. Although by then she could rarely communicate directly with friends and family far away, she appreciated them very much; her days were full of memories and dreams of those she had loved and cherished during her life.

A burial service will be held at 10 a.m. on May 30 at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial contributions may consider giving to Latham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 240, Thetford, VT 05074.