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Myrna Gloria Garza passed away Jan. 17, 2011 in Seattle. She was 80.
Myrna was born on Aug. 9, 1930 in Craig to George and Elizabeth Gardner. She was Haida, Eagle – Frog/Sculpin, and belonged to the House of the World. Her Haida name was Su’uteen. She was adopted in to the Raven - L’uknax.¿di (Coho) and given the name Deikeenaa S¿ek’ which translates to “Little Haida Doll.”
She attended Wrangell Institute and Sheldon Jackson High School, and lived in Craig until the mid-1940s. Myrna relocated to Ketchikan in 1955 and was married there to Roberto Garza on May 8, 1958.
Myrna’s family wrote she was a foster parent to many and loved being a grandma and great-grandma. She was also a bank teller, sales clerk and housewife. She attended the Presbyterian Church. Myrna was an Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp No. 14 lifetime member and enjoyed attending potlatches. She loved going to bingo, garage sales and bazaars, as well as traveling between Haida Gwaii and Southeast Alaska on the Alaska Marine Highway.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roberto Garza, son Roberto Garza Jr., parents George and Elizabeth Gardner, two brothers both named Fred Gardner, and sister Edith Gardner.
She is survived by her brothers George Gardner and Patrick (Carolyn) Gardner; sons Harvey (Arlene) Garza, Patrick (Marv) Garza; daughters Corrine (Tom Ginger) Garza, Elizabeth Garza, Dolores (Russ Jones) Garza; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her funeral service was held at noon on Saturday at the First Assembly of God church in Ketchikan. A graveside service followed at the Bayview Cemetery, with a reception afterwards at the First Assembly of God.