Myrna Kae Holcomb
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Myrna Kae Holcomb
  • September 17, 1948 - December 29, 2017
  • San Tan Valley, Arizona

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Myrna Kae Holcomb passed away December 29, 2017 in Apache Junction, AZ at the age of 69. She was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa September 17, 1948, to Lester Mark and Juanita Ruth (Davis) Schafer. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Fairfield, Iowa, where they lived until moving to Ottumwa, Iowa, in 1957. Ottumwa was home where all the firsts occurred and where she graduated from High School in 1967. In 1970, Myrna spread her wings and relocated to Aurora, Co., where she lived until 1985 working first in the banking industry and then the accounting / office management arena. But her permanent home was established in Arizona in 1997. In Arizona, she found her callings; sharing her talents with her church, becoming a Stephen Minister in 2009 and a pet sitter (her first friends being the animals and then their owners falling in love with her!). It was also after she moved to Arizona, she reconnected (in 2007) with Dennis A. Holcomb whom she had met in Colorado during her banking years. Myrna married Dennis in 2012. When she became a grandmother, she felt like she had experienced a true miracle.
Myrna was preceded in death by her parents; Lester and Juanita Schafer of Ottumwa, Ia. and brother Larry Mark Schafer of Morengo, Ia. She is survived by her husband, Dennis of San Tan Valley, AZ; two sisters Janet Hittle and Doreen Flowers of Mesa, Az; 5 nephews and 2 nieces: Brian Hittle (Julie) of Chandler, Az, Preston Hittle (Shannon) of Surprise, Az, Todd Schafer of Oskaloosa, Ia, Douglas Schafer of Killeen, Tx, Ben Schafer of Blairstown, Ia, Erika Pride (Greg) of Webster City, Ia and Heidi Burggraaf (Eric) of Gilman, Ia.; her stepson (Brian Holcomb) of Northglenn, CO and her stepdaughter (Kelly VonLetkemann) of Westminster, CO.
Myrna and her family request in lieu of flowers, donations go to Dayspring United Methodist Church, 1365 E. Elliott Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284 or Banner Hospice, 275 E. Germann Rd, Suite 110, Gilbert, AZ 85297. A celebration of her life will be held Friday, January19th at 1 p.m. at the Sanctuary of the Dayspring United Methodist Church at 1365 E. Elliott Rd. in Tempe, AZ 85384.