Myra Collista Walker
Born: Feb 25, 1928
Died: Apr 29, 2015
On April 29, 2015, our dear loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter and cherished friend, Myra Collista (Main) Walker, went on to Heaven to be with the Lord. A wake will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 starting at 7:00 pm at St. Paul’s Mission Recreation Center in Hays. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Mission in Hays. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Mission Cemetery. Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook. Myra had a heart of gold and a charming smile that will live on in our hearts forever.
Myra was born on February 25, 1928 to Thomas Main and Mae (Filesteel) Main in Hays, Montana. She was raised in Hays and attended St. Paul’s Mission School. Myra was quite athletic in her day, predominantly on the girls’ basketball team. She graduated in 1947 and later that same year married Charles Walker, who had just returned from serving in the war. Together they had seven children. Myra was later divorced.
After her children were raised, Myra took business courses at MSU-Northern in Havre to further her education. She worked at numerous offices in the Fort Belknap community during the course of her career. She was as a switchboard operator, a probation officer for law enforcement, worked for the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), managed payroll for the Fort Belknap Housing Authority (HUD) for 17 years, and was a nutrition aide for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNP), prior to her retirement. She also served on the Fort Belknap Mid-Winter Fair Committee for many years. Myra was kind-hearted, easy-going and well-liked every place she worked.
Myra had a passion for gardening, loved trying new things and enjoyed spending time with her family. She could often be found tending to her vegetable garden and hollyhocks, playing scrabble with her sisters, working on her counted cross-stitch and sewing projects, baking up a new recipe, playing tunes on her organ, dancing at pow-wows, attending her grandkids’ school events, visiting with family and friends, and going to Mass. Myra was a faithful member of the Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years.
She had an adventurous spirit and delighted in traveling to new places, visiting family and experiencing new things. One of the highlights of her travels was her trip to Phoenix, Arizona to meet Pope John Paul II.
Myra overcame a number of twists and turns in her life. She survived a few close calls on Montana’s highways, a fight with breast cancer and a broken hip. It was often said that her guardian angel worked over-time keeping her safe. Perhaps this is why she had a great fascination and respect for angels.
Myra was a proud member of the Gros Ventre Tribe of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. As a child she was bestowed the name, Inawthawnoun Itha, which means “Cloud Woman.” She respected her heritage and was pleased to pass on her cultural values and customs to her family.
Myra was preceded in death by her mother, Mae (Filesteel) Main, father Thomas Main, her infant son, John Walker, sisters Marie Chase, Opal Main and Rose Conner, brothers Elmer Main, Harold Main and James (Jimmy) Main. Myra is survived by her daughter, Patricia Addy of Helena, Randy (Mary) Walker of Harlem, Ronald (and Marlene) Walker of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Michael (and Coya) Walker of Buelah, North Dakota, Thomas (and Marlene) Walker of Lodge Pole and Robert (Marge) Walker of Hays, sister Dorothy Kinsey of Havre and brothers Gerald Main of Lodge Pole and Gerome Main of Hays. Myra is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and over 100 grandchildren.
Donations in her honor can be given to the Gift of Life Housing Centers, Benefis Health System Foundation, P.O. Box 7008, Great Falls, MT 59406-7008 or donate on-line at email@example.com.
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