Almira "Myra" Pease

Almira “Mrya” Pease, 104, of Sumner, died Sunday, September 15, 2013, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. Michael Christie officiating.  Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette.  Friends may call from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 19 2013, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be made in her name to either the United Methodist Church or Hillcrest Home, both in Sumner. 

Almira “Myra” Pease, of Sumner, Iowa was the daughter of the Rev. Paul Prentice Pease and Gertrude Helen Horsfall Pease.  She was born in St. Ansgar, Iowa on November 29, 1908.   She spent the last several years of her life at Hillcrest Home in Sumner.  Myra graduated from High School at Lime Springs.  She was a graduate of Upper Iowa University in 1931.  

She taught school at a number of northeastern Iowa schools.  She taught high school at Readlyn and Tripoli among others.  After her father’s death she taught for seven years in country schools around Sumner so she could be at home with her mother.  After her mother’s death she taught two years in an Amish school.  She concluded her teaching career at Lamont and Dundee.  She was well loved by her students and was always willing to spend extra time with those that needed extra help.

She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist church. 

She is survived by nieces,  Patience L. Brock (Mrs. Larry) of Ellamore, WV and Gertrude “Trudy” C. Kincade (Mrs. Charles) of Little Rock, AR and great niece, Alaina Milford of Little Rock, AR and great nephew Ronald E. Milford of Indianapolis, IN.


Georgia Beebe Isbell on September 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM said:

Miss Myra Pease and my parents, Irene and Russell Beebe, were close friends in Sumner. As a child, I recall visiting her at her home often, but we moved to Florida when I was ten. My parents still phoned her and saw her when they returned for visits. Miss Myra sent the "Upper Room" devotional to my parents for many years and always kept in touch. My parents passed on years ago, but in June of this year, I traveled to Sumner for the first time in over 50 years. I stopped to see Miss Myra at Hillcrest Home when my brother said she was there. She mentioned her mother to me, and I told her that I remembered her mother. I also spoke to her about her cats, and that really brought a gleam to her eyes. When she clasped my hand, she still seemed so strong. I felt like I was connecting with my parents by my connection with her. I was so happy to see her and took my picture with her to have a memory to keep forever. I know she was special to many people who were her family, friends, and students. I will always remember her for all her kindness, her strength, and vivacity for life. If everyone in the world lived like Myra Pease lived, the world would have no ailments. I still have a bird-shaped bud vase that she gave my mother many years ago. It's such a lovely reminder of such a lovely lady.

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