Myra Alicia Henry of Cuba, Missouri was born Wednesday, November 16, 1927 to the union of Ralph J. Henry, Sr. and Alice M. (Nee Sturges) Henry in Chicago, Illinois. She left from this life on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Cuba Manor at the age of 90 years. Myra's early childhood was spent living in Chicago and in rural southwest Missouri. In October 1934 the family moved from Chicago to Cuba, seven miles northwest of Jakes Prairie Road. The Main attraction in Cuba Holy Cross School. Myra attended both one-room country schools and Holy Cross School, graduating from Holy Cross on May 18, 1941. Myra next located to Notre Dame High School and College Campus in south St. Louis county, studying under the direction of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. From 1947 through 1955 Myra Henry taught for the School Sister of Notre Dame in Their Catholic schools in Illinois, Missouri, California and Texas. For health reasons, Myra dropped out of teaching in August 1955 and located in the East, working in business offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until returning to Missouri in 1958. In the St. Louis area, Myra's employment varied from working in a commercial art department to the Business Office of Washington University and back to teaching in elementary classrooms, until it became mandatory to have a degree to teach. Myra put herself through the last year of college at University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. Funded by scholarship, loans and serving a House Mother for thirty-three young women while studying, she attained a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education, June 4, 1963. Miss Henry taught from 1963 through 1970 in Missouri schools, including five years at Crawford County R-II, Cuba, and from 1970 through 1984 in schools in Illinois. Myra taught her final year, full time, in 1984-1985, St. Louis, Missouri. With increasing arthritic problems, she worked part-time in government offices in downtown St. Louis, earning recognition there. Since returning home to Cuba, in 1991, Myra has done volunteer work as an officer of the Holy Cross Altar Society, Crawford county Historical Society, Cuba Senior Center as secretary of the board of Directors for ten years, compiling the Monthly Newsletter for ten years and as a substitute teacher, both at Crawford County R-II and Holy Cross Elementary Schools. Disabled in 2000 through 2004 due to repeated surgeries, Myra became active again by accepting a part-time clerical position with the Crawford County Chapter of the American Red Cross via the Experience Works Program. Myra is preceded in death by her parents; Ralph and Alice Henry, two older brothers; Ralph and Howard Henry, four sisters; Valear Henry Malnassy, Betty Henry Warner, Dorothy Henry Feldon and Ramona Francis Bigham, four nephews, one great nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and other family and friends. Those who are left to treasure her memory and to continue her legacy are her sister; Carol A. Breslich of Cuba, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many friends. Graveside services 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Meramec Hills Cemetery, Cuba with Deacon Earl Horsefield officiating. A Memorial Mass will be held later at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 415 W School Street. In lieu of flowers donations may Holy Cross School or Mercy Hospice in Myra's memory. The Mizell Funeral Home is honored to be serving Myra's family.
Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 2:00pm, Meramec Hills Cemetery
Meramec Hills Cemetery