Myra Ann (Jones) Hamann
Myra Ann (Jones) Hamann, 94, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at her eldest daughter’s home in Springfield.
She was born Oct. 22, 1919 to H.C. and Madge (Garrett) Jones in Richmond. After graduating from Richmond High School in 1937, she attended the Research Hospital School of Nursing, earned her diploma in 1940, and became a registered nurse in 1941. She married her former RHS classmate Curtis Paul Hamann in 1940, and together they raised five children in Richmond.
Myra was the longtime nurse for Dr. Thomas Cook and Dr. George Davault, and she also worked at Lexington Memorial Hospital and Ray County Memorial Hospital. In 1975, she became Ray County’s first public health nurse, establishing the Ray County Health Department with assistant Michelle Clemens and secretary Alice Neely. She retired in 1981.
Myra was preceded in death by her parents and husband, her sister Marjorie (Jones) Deer, brother Harry Jones, Jr., daughter Nancy (Hamann) Tieman, and two grandsons, Jerod Hamann and Todd Hamann.
She is survived and will be greatly missed by her children, Jan Jorgensen of Springfield, Susan Rose of Richmond, Hank Hamann of Warrensburg, and Herb Hamann of Bolivar; grandchildren Jennifer Dale, Jeanna Golden, Paul Rose, April Martin, Sean Hamann, Luke Hamann, Nathan Hamann, and Lindsey Ankrom; 18 great-grandchildren; and many in-laws, nephews, nieces, and friends.
As a child, Myra was an adventurous tomboy who got in scrapes with her cousin and best friend, Emily Jane Dunn. As a mother, she allowed basketball to be played indoors from a hoop hung on the balcony and meals to be served off a ping pong table in the kitchen. Once she and Curtis became empty nesters, they loved playing golf at Shirkey Golf Course and spending winters in Destin, Fla. Myra played golf into her nineties.
Myra had a lifelong gift of making people laugh. At times ornery, she provoked people but also disarmed them with perfect comic timing and a smile. She sang in showers, cars and church choirs, enjoying show tunes and old hymns the most. She was a good conversationalist, and she relished competitive board games with her friends, many who were faithful to continue playing with her even as her eyesight and strength failed.
Myra was a member of the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Richmond. A funeral service, open to all, will be held there at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, followed by a reception in the church’s fellowship hall.
Inurnment will be in Richmond Memory Gardens at a later date. Arrangements are with Thurman Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to the United Christian Presbyterian Church, 501 North Spartan Drive, Richmond, MO 64085