In Memory

Myra K Dunham (Hansen) - Class Of 1957

Myra K Dunham (Hansen)

Myra Kathryn Hansen of Yelm, Washington, was born in Los Angeles, California on January 11, 1939.  She was the daughter of Mae Coe Gause Dunham and Gordon S. Dunham who resided in South Pasadena, California at the time of her birth.  She had just turned 70 when she died on January 20, 2009, of natural causes in St. Peters Hospital, Olympia, Washington.

Myra's life in South Pasadena was full of helping her parents, being a great big sister to Marsha, avid reading, Girl Scouting, graduating 14th in her class, and some very dear friends.  Her parents also raised her cousin, Jean Doyle, who was like a brother to her.  Myra attended Occidental College and Pasadena City College for one year each and two years at Oregon State University where she gained a degree in elementary educatiion in December 1961 and met her future husband.

Charles S. Oldham and Myra were married in South Pasadena on August 30, 1961 and lived in Eugene, Oregon from 1961 to 1962.  Myra taught school while they lived in Pullman, Washington where their son, David, was born on August 25, 1965.  In August of 1966 they moved to Cheney, Washington where Richard was born in Spokane on February 19, 1967.  In 1968 they then moved to Shell Beach, California where Myra taught in the Lucia Mar Unified School District.  Myra and Churck both personally guided their sons through Boy Scouting.  She was active in scouting for twenty years.  Both of their sons earned their Eagle rank and she received the highest volunteer honor in Boy Scouting...the Silver Beaver (1981).

Myra and Chuck divorced in 1981.  She stayed in the five-city area of central California for 28 years where she was married to Rodger N. Elliot in 1983; he passed away in 1984.  She was married to Lyle G. Hansen of Oceano, CA, from 1989 to 1996.  She retired from teaching in 1994 after 32 years, but continued to teach part time and home school some students.  In 1996 she headed for Yelm, Washington, where she became a member of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment.  She authored a book caled, Grandma's God.  She substituted in local school districts, taught in a private school (LIFE), and tutored for several years.

A broken hip in 2005 was the beginning of the decline in her health, along with forty years fighting asthma and sinus conditions, but she never quit giving of herself in so many ways to her family and her many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mae and Gordon Dunham, and her second husband, Rodger Elliott.

She is survived by her sons, David Boyd Oldham of Oklahoma, and Richard Charles Oldham of San Diego, CA.;  two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; her sister Marsha Werle (spouse Herman) of Emmett, Idaho; her cousin-brother, Jean Doyle (spouse Mieko) of Bullhead City, Arizona; and generations of nieces and nephews.  She wished for her ashes to be spread over a special place near Mount Rainier in Washington.