Myra Yordy Nauman

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 19:30

Chugiak resident Myra Yordy Nauman died Nov. 6, 2012 after a long illness. She was 74. Services are pending.

Myra was born in Roanoke, Ill., on Sept. 26, 1938 and attended O’Fallon High School. Education was a big part of her life — she graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Education and later received her Master’s degree in Education. She began her career as a substitute and elementary school teacher beginning in Beltsville, Md., and later taught at Birchwood ABC school and then at Chugiak Elementary until her retirement.

Her family said that when she moved to Alaska 42 years ago, Myra worried that the lack of hospitals and life in an igloo would be more of a challenge than she was willing to accept.

“After driving the dusty highway from Virginia to Alaska with her husband and two young girls, Myra thought she could make it work,” her family said. “As a mother, Myra believed in letting her children be themselves, resulting in two strong-willed, independent daughters. She was a wonderful and somewhat reluctant supporter of the family owned Horse-Drawn Carriage Company, assisting with phones and reservations so her husband could ‘horse around.’”

A self-proclaimed “bookworm,” Myra loved reading and always had a stack or two of books and crossword puzzles to work through. She passed the reading bug along to her daughters. In early years, the family sprawled in the living room, reading the newspaper or books for hours. As a member of the Handbell choir at the Joy Lutheran church in Eagle River, Myra played with two bells in hand. She was an avid gardener, walker and Jazzercise attendee until her illness.

Her family said one of the joys of her later life was being contacted by her step brothers. Her natural father had recently died and they were able to finally find Myra after searching for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jon Nauman; daughters, Jodi Nauman Hughes and Janus Nauman Reyes; step sister, Pat Jones; and brother, Dr. Richard McDaniel.

Arrangements by Janssen’s Eagle River Funeral Home.

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