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.Print This Obituary & Condolences