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HARDEN, Myrna Ellen

January 26, 1953 – Regina, Saskatchewan
June 20, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Myrna Harden, beloved wife, loving mother, cherished grandmother, loyal friend, gregarious neighbour, devoted daughter and sister, ended her life at home in Calgary, on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the young age of 65.

Myrna was born January 26, 1953 to Julius and Tegwen Orthner in Regina, Saskatchewan. The second oldest of four siblings, Myrna grew up on a farm in Raymore, Saskatchewan. She loved her parents endlessly and cared for them her whole adult life.

From an early age, Myrna wanted to help people. She left Raymore in 1971 a bright-eyed and ambitious young woman, eager to bring healing and rehabilitation to those in need. She went on to pursue a diploma in Physiotherapy at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. She ultimately moved to Calgary where she completed her practicum and met and married her husband Rick.

Her enthusiasm and commitment to the service of others and her devotion and genuine interest in everyone around her, never faded. Despite trauma, loss, heartbreak, injury, and chronic pain, Myrna was a woman of endless energy, with a strong sense of duty. She worked tirelessly to ensure that the people in her life were cared for. Since childhood, she possessed that contagious Orthner smile and an entertaining sense of humour. Known for her enthusiasm in conversation, even with total strangers, Myrna made everyone feel like family.

Her signature gift of joyful service, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and unsolicited advice, will never be forgotten.

Myrna is survived by her four beautiful grandchildren (Jude, Oliver, Elliot and Zander), her son Paul (Eva), her daughter Heather (Arif), her husband Rick, her brother Gary (Gail), her sister Kathy (Larry), her sister-in-law Lynn, her nieces Jennifer, Lauren, Julie, Angela; her nephews Michael and Kevin; and her feisty mother, Tegwen. She was preceded in death by her niece Leanne, brother Lloyd, and father, Julius.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary), on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow.

If it were up to her, you would all be invited. Please feel welcome to join us.

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  1. Linda Jerricke :

    I am so sorry and so terribly sad to hear of Myrna’s passing – I hardly know what to say. We carry those we care about close to heart even though life takes us in different directions. I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. I hope Myrna has some peace now and I know she will miss you all so much – as you will miss her.

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  2. We are so saddened to hear of Myrna’s passing. We extend our deepest condolences to you, Rick, and all the family. May God hold you close and envelop you all in his love. Words mean so very little under these circumstances but please know you are all in our prayers.

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  3. Gerald & Evelyn Arndt :

    Rick and family,

    We are so very sorry for yor loss.

    Jerry and Evelyn

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  4. Judy Van Camp :

    Rick and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of Myrna. It is so hard to understand, but we know God is with you and will give peace which passes all understanding. He will never leave you or forsake you.

    Howard,Judy and family and Mom Hunte

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  5. Uncle Rick, Paul and Heather & family
    I’m so saddened to hear of Aunt Myrna’s passing. I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope she has found peace ❤️
    Susan, Phoenix and Lillian

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  6. Francis Dziuba :

    Rick, so sorry to hear of the loss of Myrna, sincerest condolences to your family from ours, Francis & Debbie

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  7. So very sorry to hear of your great loss. We will be praying for God to be very near with peace and comfort for you all. Mary and Erich Dyck

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  8. Sharon Cragg :

    Rick, Paul and Heather and families,

    So sorry to hear of Myrna’s passing and your loss of a dear loved one. We do not mourn like those who have no hope when we know Jesus; He is the God of all comfort who is faithful to comfort us. Praying for you and the family during this time that God himself will give you peace, strenghten and establish you.

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  9. Margie Hass :

    Please know I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Myrna at Rockyview and Foothills and she was always so supportive and caring. Know that there are so many of us thinking of all of you at this time.

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  10. Karen Grant :

    So sad to hear of Myrna’s passing . Condolences and love to her family . Myrna gave her all to her work and work mates and was very kind and compassionate with everyone .

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  11. Carol Ellery :

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I met and worked with Myrna at Foothills hospital and remember her dedication to the patients she cared for. Very sad news…

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  12. Dear Rick, Paul and Heather,
    It is with very deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Myrna. May our God of all comfort, the God of peace, fill your hearts and minds with His love and many memories of His faithfulness to you through the wonderful gift she was to you all. As Bethany Family please know we have many treasured memories too of her service both at Bethany and at Camp Okotoks.
    With much love and prayers,
    On behalf of all your Bethany Friends,
    Hazel (Jones)

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  13. My heart is saddened by your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  14. Rick,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Diane and Kelly Van Weber

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  15. We will remember Myrna’s spunk! Her love for, and loyalty to, family was always evident. And no matter the circumstance, she always displayed “the joy of the Lord was her strength”.
    With our sincere sympathy to all her family,
    Cecil and Pat (Meddins) Bryson

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  16. Terry & Cindi Orthner :

    Praying for Rick, Paul and Heather and families. Your mom and wife was always so fiercely dedicated to her family and friends, wanting them to know Jesus. Her care for people was unsurpassed. May God bring to your memories the joy she brought, the love she lavished, the justice she believed in. May God’s comfort completely envelop you all.

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  17. Cathy & Cheryl :

    To Myrna’s family,

    We are so sorry for you loss. We worked with Myrna at the Foothills. She was very dedicated to her patients and a lovely person to work with.
    Cathy Flaman and Cheryl Oga

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  18. Sharon & Randy :

    Very sorry and heartbroken for your loss Rick, Paul, Heather and the rest of your family.

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  19. Catherine Archibald :

    To Myrna’s family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Myrna in the Optimus Program at Foothills and always appreciated her gentleness and commitment to her patients, as well as her sunny personality and kindness on the team. She was a lovely human being.
    Cate Archibald

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  20. Cheryl Johnston :

    Rick and family

    I am so very sorry to hear of Myrna’s passing. Myrna was such a kind soul who gave her all to the patients and team in the Optimus program. She and I had many conversations over our time together which we both treasured. I was looking forward to the day when you would be moving to the Island. Sincere condolences to the family in this terrible loss.

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  21. Julie Chiarastella :

    Dearest Rick, Paul and Heather,
    I am so saddened to hear of Myrna’s passing. I remember meeting her when I was just six years old, she pregnant with Heather and my mom pregnant with Robert. Who knew they would become best of friends. My only comfort in knowing that her life ended with a heavy burden on her shoulders is that she and my mom are together, smiling down on us with those signature smiles of theirs. I hope that this thought may bring all of you a little comfort and peace during this most difficult time. My dad sends his deepest sympathies as well.

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  22. Rosa Uifalusi (Perrin) :

    Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Myrna is in a peaceful place now. I pray that the holy spirit will comfort you and protect you through these times. Even though I haven’t spoken to Myrna in years, I remember she was a sweet and thoughtful person. May you remember the happy times spent with her. Love you all Rick, Paul, Heather.

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  23. Andrea Sullivan :

    So sad to hear of our loss. I met Myrna through work at the Foothills and always enjoyed our conversations and her kind words. She always found a way to make me laugh and she genuinely touched those around her. She will be missed. My prayers go out to your family and may you find comfort remembering such a wonderful loving person.

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  24. Lorraine Latter :

    Our memories are of a sweet and caring soul that made our neighborhood special.
    Memories can never be taken away.
    Hugs to Rick, Paul and Heather
    With deepest sympathy
    Lorraine and Doug Latter

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  25. Karen McIntosh :

    Myrna will be missed, she was always looking after the people around her and always open to helping others. She definitely had a sweet soul.
    Our condolences to the family.
    Karen and John Malus

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  26. Arden Clifford :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Rick and your family. Myrna was a caring,vibrant person who helped where was a needed. She will be missed dearly.

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  27. Brenda and Erv Ziemer :

    We are so very sorry to hear of Myrna’s passing. We feel very blessed to have had Myrna as our neighbour for many years.
    Rick, Paul, Heather and families , we have you in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
    May Myrna rest in peace.

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  28. Dana and Marge Bailey :

    Dear Rick, Paul, Heather and the rest of the family,
    We were very saddened to hear of Myrna’s passing … we only know that she is no longer in pain and is finally at peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you celebrate her life. May the memories of yesterday — her laughter and commitment to all of you — bring comfort for today and hope for tomorrow.
    Praying the Lord will hold you close and give you peace that passes understanding during this difficult time (Is. 40:31). Sincerest sympathy and deepest condolences, Dana and Marge

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  29. Gina Khonje :

    I feel so heavy hearted for all of you. I’m so very sorry to hear of this terrible loss. I remember Myrna as a warm, hospitable and loving person. Sending you my love and prayers.

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  30. Alex Chisholm :

    My deepest condolences on the passing of Myrna. I have known her for many years through her work. She was a kind, compassionate, and dedicated physiotherapist. She made a difference in many lives. We shared laughter and tears. Her smile could light up a room in a way that was uniquely hers.
    Pain had stolen much joy from her, but what it did not steal was how she smiled and lit up when she spoke of her family. Her greatest joy. It still shone through. I hope the memories of the countless times you made her smile and fill with joy will bring some comfort to you. My deepest sympathies. You are in my prayers.

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  31. George and Grace :

    Myrna was one of the reason that we attended Bethany Chapel. Her genuine Christian love and care was so real and sincere. We remember many happy memories with Myrna in Camp and Awana club. Pray for peace and comfort to Rick, Paul and Heather and Myrna entire family.
    Welcome home and rest with our Lord Jesus.

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