Myrna Dell (Smith) Kinner, 77, a long-time resident of The Dalles, Ore., died Christmas Eve, 2012, at the local hospital.
She was born Oct. 20, 1935, at Seattle, Wash. Her family moved to The Dalles in 1948, where she graduated in the class of 1953. She also graduated from the University of Oregon in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in speech. She then became a stewardess with United Airlines.
In 1959, she married Leon Kinner, whom she had known since early childhood. They were co-owners of Smith Callaway Chapel for more than 30 years.
She had been a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for more than 60 years, PEO chapter Q, Soroptomist, AAUW, and Mid-Columbia Car Club. She was affiliated with Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Oregon. She was honored as business woman of the year.
She enjoyed volunteer work with remedial reading and speech. Her favorite activities were going to the beach and neighborhood parties with friends, genealogical research and traveling abroad.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Leon Kinner, daughter T. Anna Kinner, grandson Brady Kinner, brother Jack Smith and his wife Darla, sister-in-law Ardyth Ferrero and her husband Ernie, nieces Susan Radford and Lori Smith, nephews Jeff and Gregg Smith and Steven Green. Her aunt Edith Eldridge and Cousin Marcia Tennant also survive.
Private family services have been held. Final disposition was by cremation under the direction of Anderson Tribute Center, Hood River.
Myrna was beloved by many for her generous spirit, compassion and sense of humor. Her family and friends will always cherish her memory in their hearts.
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