KING, Myrna Jean

Myrna Jean King (nee McPhee) passed away peacefully on December 15, 2020.

She is survived by her daughters Cheryl McEwan, and Donna King-Dobler, and by her grandchildren Sarah (Cole), Brian, Catherine (Alex), and Laura.  She was predeceased by her husband Tom, her son Daryl, her parents Herb and Mossaline McPhee, and her brother Leonard.

Myrna was born in Vermilion, Alberta on May 6, 1942. She was the second of four children who were raised on two farms surrounded by a large extended family. Her role was to help her mother with gardening, meal preparation and taking care of her sibling. She loved the farm and the life she had there. She happily helped her Mom with the many chores associated with the indoor and homestead part of farming, while secretly longing to drive the tractors, combines and trucks.  

She was a thoughtful, bright, caring and helpful child. Her elementary school life included being taught by her mother at the one-room schoolhouse near her family farm. For high school, Myrna moved to the town of Vermilion and lived with her beloved aunt and uncle. She was introduced to Tom by her cousin, Keith. After completing high school, Myrna attended nursing school and married Tom in October of 1964.

The couple settled in Edmonton where Myrna worked as a dental hygienist. Shortly after the couple had their first daughter Cheryl, they moved to Leduc, where Donna and Daryl were born.  Myrna stayed home to care for the kids until Daryl was old enough to start school full time.  Myrna then applied for a job at the ICG gas company where she worked for the next twenty-seven years. She enjoyed the Land Department work the most. She was reliable, dependable, and always a hard worker. She was very proud of the work that she did.

Myrna’s greatest love was always for her family. She enjoyed camping, various card and board games, reading, doing yard work, cross stitch, puzzles, traveling, and watching romantic movies. Home was the best place that she had ever been.  

Myrna was first diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 1986 shortly after the death of her son Daryl.  She made it through her first battle with cancer and was very healthy until the fall of 2019 when she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. We are all grateful for the time that we had with her. She was a beautiful human being who had a kind heart and a gentle manner.

Myrna will be dearly missed by all of those who loved her. She was a gem and our memories of her will always be treasured. With all our love, the King family. 

A celebration of life will be held for Myrna in the Spring. 

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Carol Batiuk

My deepest condolences to the King family. I met Myrna in nurses training at the Royal Alex in Edmonton. We have very fond memories of our visits to the farm in Vermillion. I was one of her bridesmaids at her and Tom,s wedding.
Carol Batiuk

John and Rolly Rak

Cheryl, Donna and family
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She indeed was a great lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Liz Emmerzael

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Myrna. My husband Bill (who passed away in Nov. 2020) worked at the gas company as well and I know he thought Myrna was a wonderful lady! I also met her when Bill was first transferred to head office and found her to be so friendly and welcoming to us both. I would always go in and say hello to Myrna whenever I would go in to visit Bill at the office. She will always be remembered by me as a part of the great memories of our Plains Western, ICG , Centra, Alta Gas days. ❤️ Thinking of you and praying for your family.

Judy Foley

Dear Donna & family and Cheryl and family,
Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. We were very sad to hear the news and our hearts go out to you. We understand how difficult it can be. Many of our memories are when we lived down the street from your family in Leduc many years ago. Your mother was a wonderful lady who was so cheerful and genuine!
Judy, Koren, Trent and Dean

Earle Tuele

Myrna was one of the friendliest, most unassuming people I ever worked with. It was a pleasure to be around her. Marilyn and I extend our deepest sympathies to her entire family.

Karen Raitz

Although I did not work directly with Myrna at AltaGas Utilities, I do remember her as someone who was kind, dedicated to her work, and who usually had a smile on her face. She was a lovely lady. Peace to Cheryl, Donna, and the entire family as you mourn your loss.

Karen Raitz

Panko Ganchev

To Myrna’s Family, our deepest condolences
I worked with Myrna in the 1980’s and enjoyed her pleasant and cheerful disposition. She was a reliable person to have on a team.
Fond memories. She will be sadly missed.
Panko and Aggie Ganchev

Yvonne Laflamme

I was so sad to hear of this news. I have so many fond memories of Myrna it’s hard to begin. We worked side by side for 17 years. She patiently trained me and was always ready to assist whenever she could. She had such a beautiful quiet demeanor but was a steady rock in her dept. She was a perfectionist and always payed great attention to the details. She was completely devoted to her family and loved to talk about the girls and her grandchildren who she adored. She even shared her feelings of the loss of Daryl and how devastating that journey was. She was a women of few words but a wise lady she was. I will always remember her laugh and the good times Mike and I shared with her. She definitely enriched my life and played a huge part in making my work life enjoyable…..I truly missed her when she retired.
Cheryl and Donna and families, Mike and I send our deepest sympathies and hope you find comfort in knowing mom is reunited with your dad and Daryl as you will be one day as well. Sending you all big hugs

Greg and Monica Johnston

I first met Myrna in April, 1981, when I started work as a seasonal construction inspector at ICG. I was 23, and Myrna took me under her wing; we fast became friends, except for that one time I joined all her paper clips together. In my defence, I learned that trick from Doug Milner 🙂

Our work paths crossed a number of times over the years, and we remained connected through the friendship that began in 1981. Myrna always asked about Monica and our sons, and was always eager to get the latest updates. She was a kind and caring person who Monica and I will remember very fondly.

Our deepest condolences to Cheryl, Donna, and her grandkids.

Greg and Monica Johnston

Dave Kirkby

I remember myrna for sure . I know its been several years that i heard her name but when i saw her picture yes thats myrna alright. She was a great lady. Had many conversations on the phone with her back in the day . She was very genuine to the staff and very helpful . My best to Myrna’s family. Her shoes will be hard to fill

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