Myrna M. Mead, 76, passed away on October 26, 2014. Survived by her son, Jay (Lyn) Mead; daughter, Jan (Michael Arrowood) Mead; brother, Dave (Pam) McConnel; grandchildren, Chelsey (Chris) Thompson, Audrey Mead, Colin Arrowood, Aidan Arrowood, Adele Mead and Hayley Arrowood. Preceded in death by her parents; brother, James Arthur McConnel; and husband, John O. Baker. Myrna was born October 18, 1938, in Pueblo, Colo. to Faye and Paul McConnel. She was a proud graduate of Centennial High School (1956) and started working as a Psychiatric Technician at the Colorado State Hospital in 1958. Later attending nursing school, receiving an associate's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Colorado in 1968, and later became a Registered Nurse. She loved nursing and was actively involved in the Colorado Nurses Association. Myrna worked at the Colorado State hospital for 35 years, retiring in 1993. She then began working part time for Centura as a home health nurse and taught a course on Psychiatric nursing at Pueblo Community College. She said of teaching that 'She felt grateful to have the experience and understood why teachers continue in spite of poor pay.' Myrna was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church for over 50 years until it closed in 2008. She was president of the Daughters of the American Revolution 2006 (Arkansas Valley Chapter) and on the Centennial High School reunion committee. Fond of children, Myrna doted on her grandchildren, often traveling across country to share in birthdays, graduations, and other events. She enjoyed gardening, travel, and theatrical productions. Myrna was known to travel to New York or other destinations with her grandchildren to enjoy musicals and plays. 'Phantom of the Opera' and the many Cirque du Soleil productions were favorites. Trips to Australia, Europe, and especially Hawaii were favorites. Myrna particularly enjoyed Vail, Colo. and the Iron Man competition in Kona, Hawaii. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014, First United Methodist Church, 11th and Court. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. Online condolences, www.MontomgerySteward.com

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  1. Prayers and condolences to family … even though I left Centennial at the end of my sophomore year … there were occasions when I looked back and remembered the kindest of people in those years and before … she’ll always be a memory that deserves total respect for her genuine goodness to everyone who knew her.

  2. My prayers and condolences are with all of you. I enjoyed working with Myrna, she was a terrific person and wonderful nurse. Sandi Anderson

  3. My prayers and condolences are with all of you. I enjoyed working with Myrna, she was a terrific person and wonderful nurse. Sandi Anderson

  4. My deepest condolences to the Mead family for the loss of Myrna.Myrna was a very special lady,I had the honor to assist her when she was residing at Primrose Retirement Community. We had so many wonderful conversations. May God bless you and comfort you.

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