Myrra W. Newton

Myrra W. Newton

BICKNELL — Myrra Ann Williams Newton slipped peacefully into eternity Aug. 27, 2019, at her home in Bicknell. She was born March 9, 1918, in Victor, Idaho, to David Edwardand Chloe Ellen Ashcraft Williams. She was raised in Price and graduated from Carbon High School in 1936, and went on to attend Brigham Young University, graduating in 1941. Education was importantto her and she continued to take classes throughout her life, doing graduate work at BYU, Utah State University and the University of Southern California.

Myrra married Sammy Nathan Newton Dec. 27, 1950, in Whittier, California. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti LDS temple Nov. 13, 1976. They moved to Bicknell in 1955 where they raised their three children. Sammy died Jan. 23, 2010.

Myrra worked as secretary and office manager to Fabian, Clendenin, Moffat and Mabey Attorneys at Law and then began her teaching career. She taught school at Idaho Falls High School, at BYU and finished her teaching career byteaching over 20 years at Wayne High School in Bicknell.

Myrra was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in numerous callings. She was still teaching Relief Society in Thurber ward at the age of 92. She loved working in the temple. She and Sammy served as ordinance workers in the Manti temple for 13 years.

Myrra turned 100 years old in 2018, and was very proud of being a Centenarian. At 101, she still was an avid reader who was using an iPhone to text, and an iPad to study her church lessons.

Myrra is survived by her three children, Stuart and Terry Newton, Mapleton; Rendell and Joan Newton, Sulphur, Louisiana; and Ellen and Gregg Anderson, Bicknell; 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Sammy; and all of her siblings, William S. Williams, Samuel Blaine Williams, David Emerton Williams and Donn L. Williams; and a great-grandson, Caleb Patton.

The family would like to thank Gunnison Valley Home Health and Hospice for their loving care of our dear Mother.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Aug. 31, in the Mona City Cemetery, under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, with Stuart Newton (son) conducting. 

The invocation was given by Sharon Patton (granddaughter).

Tributes were given by Ellen Anderson (daughter) and Rendell Newton (son).

Closing remarks were provided by Stuart Newton. 

Pallbearers included Tyler Newton, Dave Pepper, Gary Robinson, Dustin Baird, Kayden Robinson and Trevor Newton.

Honorary pallbearers included Nathan Newton, Dean Newton, Andrew Parker, Alan Patton, Parker Robinson and Ryan Davis.

The dedicatory prayer was provided by Gregg Anderson (son-in-law). 

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