Mary Katherine (Gardner) Myers, 92, of Lewistown, MO, passed away August 6, 2020 at LaBelle Manor Care Center in LaBelle, MO. She was born on July 29, 1928 in Knox County, MO. Mary Katherine was the daughter of Simon Millard and Ethyle Eva (Oldfather) Gardner. Most of her family and friends knew her as “Mary Kay”
Mary Katherine was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and also a very active and dedicated member of Matilda Chapter #411 and LaBelle Chapter #316 Order of the Eastern Star as well as holding membership in the White Shrine, Quincy, IL.
Over the years in Eastern Star, Mary Kay held many offices including Worthy Matron, appointments to District Deputy Grand Matron, and Grand Representative. She truly loved learning the work of Eastern Star and she especially enjoyed the fellowship and many friendships as well. She was so proud to be a part of organizations that served others. She was also a very accomplished bowler and a member on various bowling leagues. Mary Kay was passionate about working as a teacher’s aide at Highland Elementary School in Ewing, MO, she was very devoted until she retired at the age of 85
Mary Katherine was married to Aral Edgar Myers on February 21, 1969 in Jefferson County, Iowa. In 1972 they moved to Lewistown, MO where they spent their married years. She also enjoyed time with her special four-legged friend “Puggy”.
Mary Katherine is survived by a step-daughter, Kathryn (George) Reay, and step son Robert Myers all of Pocatello, Idaho. She is also survived by three step-grandchildren, Thomas Reay, Jason (Desiree)Myers and Captain Ryan (Christina) Reay as well as eight step-great grandchildren and one step-great-great grandchild. Mary Katherine is also survived by nieces and nephews: Sharon (Dempsey) Gottschalk, Ron (Kathy) Gardner, Judi (Dan) Bishop, Gayla Gardner Gibbs, Vivian (Bob) Henry, Linda (Stan) Williams, Jennifer (Bob) Leckbee, Paul (Johanna) Gardner, and Mark (Valia) Gardner as well as a number of great nieces and nephews and many friends.
Mary Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ed Myers, brothers and sisters-in-law: Paul Gardner in infancy, Albert (Leah) Gardner, Charles (Roma) Gardner, and Harry (Essie Marie) Gardner. Her sister-in-law Essie Marie passed away just hours earlier on the same day that Mary Katherine passed. She was also preceded by a step-granddaughter, Billie Myers, as well as two nephews Albert Lee Gardner, David Gardner, and a niece Gwen Gardner.
Open visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, at Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO. Eastern Star service will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 14. A private family funeral will be held at Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home on August 15, and burial will be in Linville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Edina Untied Methodist Church or Order of Eastern Star and mailed to or left at Hudson-Rimer Funeral Chapel, 408 East Morgan Street, Edina, MO 63537.