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KOOTENAY, Myrna Rose

Anukatha Wiya – Bald Eagle Women
Miskunuk – Turtle Women (Cree)
July 14, 1963 – January 6, 2019

It is with sadness and celebration that we announce the passing of Myrna “Shi’ma” Rose Kootenay of the Nakoda Sioux Nation. Myrna passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the Canmore Hospital on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the age of 54 years.

Myrna “Shi’ma” will be fondly remembered as the beloved mother, matriarch of the Kootenay Family. Myrna led the family with such love, strength, patience, generosity and understanding.

Myrna is survived by her four children, Daryl (Ariel), Cameron (Jovita), Chantelle and Toshia (Megan); grandchildren Mesa Kootenay, Nakoda Nizhoni Rose Kootenay, Arrow Kootenay; 11 grandsons and 9 granddaughters; siblings Douglas Jr. (Laverne) Kootenay, and Lana Kootenay; nieces Floranda Kootenay, Candace “Rose” Kootenay, Trina Kootenay, Ursela Beaver, Ilona Kootenay, Clarissa Kootenay, Kristy Crow, Janine Crow, Elvinia Kootenay; nephews Kirby Strongman, Troy Kootenay, Blaine Kootenay, Lance Kootenay, Edward Kootenay, Lionel Crow, Tytus Crow and Christopher Kootenay. Myrna is also survived by 3 sisters-in-law, 3 brothers-in-law, 19 nephews and 15 nieces from the Carlston Family of the Navajo Nation. We apologize if we have missed anyone.

Myrna was predeceased by her parents Douglas and Ruth Kootenay, brothers Earl (1958), Harley (1978), David (1991); sisters. Irene Kootenay-Crow (2008), and Beryl Kootenay (2008); nephews Owen (2001), and Norbert (2006); mother-in-law Lucy Arviso Carlston(2003) and father-in-law Leo Carlson Sr. (2008), husband Ronnie Carlston (2014).

Funeral Services will be held at Bearspaw Youth Centre (Morley, AB) on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at the Kootenay Family Cemetery (Morley, AB). Forward condolences through

In living memory of Myrna Kootenay, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB, T4C 2E2, Telephone: 403-932-4740.

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  1. Our Sincere Condolences To The Kootenay Families During These The Saddest Of Times. May You All Find Comfort In Knowing She is Now Reunited With Loved Ones,
    Waiting Patiently On The Other Side Of The Veil . Indeed Jesus Has Called Another Beautiful Angel Home In The Heavens. May We Follow Her Example In This Life And Await Our calling In The next…..GOD BLESS


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  2. I am so sorry to hear about Myrna’s passing. She was a great inspiration and support to me as another AARC Mom. She taught me a lot, listened a lot without judgment. She will be so missed, but so welcomed in the other realm.

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  3. Geraldine Powderface

    My sincere condolences to the Family
    During this difficult time, knowing the loss your going thru.
    I’ll always remember auntie with her loving , caring heart
    She was always thr for us many times
    The wise words of wisdom she gave forever be in my heart

    Love One Another ~so that you can~ Stand Together

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  4. Alvin & Ann kumlin

    Fond memories of our association with Myrna. Putting together a youth agricultural seminar under Myrna’s tutelage. Our 2005 summer spend with Cameron and Ron helping at the ranch. Our thoughts are with Myrna’s family at this time. The Kumlin Family.

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  5. Your wisdom and kindness will be very sadly missed. You were a very special lady Myrna.

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  6. to Chantelle and the Kootenay family
    My condolences to you all. Myrna was indeed a “warrior” in the field of addiction and the impact on family. She was a very warm, gracious and wise woman. She will be sorely missed.

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  7. I only learned of Myrna’s passing today. A friend had told me about Myrna’s work, and I invited her to come and speak at the Canmore Public Library’s Strong Women event. We exchanged emails several times but at the event was the first time I met her. Her talk was honest, real, thoughtful and evocative, and I believe everyone there was moved and inspired in hearing her. I am sorry I didn’t get to know her better, and I am sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

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