MYRA WILLIAMS Myra Remley Williams was born in 1928 in Kansas City, MO, to Myrrl Rodney Remley and Victor N. Remley, and passed away March 30, 2017. She spent her childhood in Orrick, MO, and Liberty. MO, where she graduated from high school. As a girl, she was Grand Worthy Advisor of the Rainbow Girls of Missouri. She attended Scripps College and graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia where she was president of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and a member of the Mortar Board. She taught and did graduate work at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu before Hawaii was a state. She later received a master's degree from the University of Missouri a Kansas City. In 1950 she married Van Williams in Liberty, MO, where they lived most of their married life. Their only son, Kirk, was born in 1952. Kirk was an honor student, bringing great pride to his parents as an M.D. in the field of pathology. Her love of teaching brought her back to the classroom at Liberty High School where she taught English and directed the plays. Following five years there, she taught at Eastgate Junior High in North Kansas City for two years. She continued to teach at Sunset Hills School in Kansas City, as well as Pembrooke Country Day School and finally, at the merged school of Pembrooke High School. The final 27 years of her career in education were spent teaching in one of these three schools. Van and Myra were active in school and community activities throughout the Kansas City area. In 1948, she became a member of P.E.O. For the many years from then until her death, she was a member of three chapters and one group in Missouri and Arizona. When Van and Myra retired, they spent their winters in Green Valley, AZ. After four years of dividing their time between two homes, they became full-time Arizona citizens. From 1988 until 2005, a second joy of endeavor came into her life. This was the making of clay jewelry. It was a hobby for which she was thankful. The pleasure of 35 art fairs, the friendships brought about through the hobby, and the trips involved were a major part of a happy retirement. Van and Myra were active in the Valley Presbyterian Church where she was a deacon. Myra was preceded in death by her parents and son Kirk. She is survived by her husband Van, and granddaughter Gail Williams, daughter-in-law Linda Williams, and stepgrandson Matt Staples. A memorial service for Myra will be held Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church, followed by interment at the La Posada Columbarium at 3 p.m.
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