Myra Ford, age 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 at her home at Johnson Memorial Care Center, Dawson, MN from complications with cancer. After several difficult hospitalizations, she decided to waive chemotherapy or radiation treatment and was wonderfully cared for by the Dawson Area Hospice staff and the very outstanding doctors and loving nursing staff at Johnson Memorial Care Center.
A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, April 29th, 2022 at 11 AM at the J.H. Lynner Funeral Home in Clarkfield, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Spring Creek Lutheran Cemetery, rural Clarkfield. Pastor Lori Wold will officiate the service, and the following family members and friends will be her pallbearers: Curt Ford, John Ford, Matt Ford, David Blank, Bryan Stadick and Doug Border. The family requests everyone to be COVID conscious and masks are preferred.
Myra was born on February 4, 1932 in Clarkfield and was the youngest of seven children born to John and Julia (Christensen) Ford. She was born with spina bifida, which caused deformity of her spine, legs and feet resulting in many surgeries, leading to a sometimes difficult and painful life. She absolutely loved Clarkfield and her home with her parents, and affectionately and lovingly cared for them in their later years. She loved to read, enjoyed listening to music, and she followed the country’s news, world events, and politics. She could talk, discuss, and argue all the facts with anyone who was up to it. Within her family and friends, she was known for her bakery treats, cakes, breads and her holiday Norwegian specialties.
Those left behind to cherish Myra’s memory are her only surviving sister, Myrtle Blank of Mound, MN, along with her nephews and nieces: Curt (Cheri) Ford and their family (Jason, Tricia, Benjamin, and Alayna) (Nicole Ford Starks, Myron, Miles and Amarrah), John Ford and his family (Matt, Angie, Addison and Jackson), Lois (Pete) Ford Stadick and their family (Bryan and Corie), David Blank, and Julie Blank.
Myra leaves this earthly world to greet her parents, John and Julia Ford; brothers, Haynes Ford (Annie and their daughter Shirley), Lloyd (Agnes) Ford, Roland (LaVerna) Ford, and sisters, Inga Ford and Evelyn Ford.
Throughout the years, many friends and neighbors have assisted Myra with household work, transportation, errands, yard work and many other needs. The family would like to thank them and express our appreciation for your generous assistance and care when she required help. A special thank you to Doug and Paula Border for their dedication and friendship over the years.
The family would also like to thank Dr. Erik Shelstad, who thoughtfully cared for Myra for many years and took such personal interest in her needs. We truly believe we have angels amongst us and many of them work at Johnson Memorial Care Center and with the Dawson Area Hospice team. We cannot begin to name the nurses and hospice staff, but this talented staff provided care and love when family could not be there, kept her safe from the COVID virus, and made her comfortable and pain free. Words are inadequate to express what that meant to Myra’s family. Bless you all and thank you.