Nyna Larmer


(May 11, 2004)

Word has been received here of the death May 11 in Snow Flake, Ariz., of long-time Powell resident, Nyna Larmer, 91.

She was born in Springfield, Ark., on Sept. 11, 1912, to Ray G. Myers and Nydia Armagost Myers. At the age of 3, she and her brother Roy, then 21 months old, lost their mother. They were raised by their maternal grandparents, Alfred and Sophronia Armagost, in Iron River, Wisc.

After the deaths of their grandparents, their father brought them to Powell in 1928, where Nyna lived for the next 75 years.

On April 4, 1932, she married Sidney W. Larmer, who preceded her in death in 1986 after 54 years of marriage.

She was an avid rockhound and nature lover and spent many hours with friends exploring areas in Wyoming and Montana.

In July, 1998, she suffered a stroke and moved into the Bee Hive Home in Powell. In November, 2003, it was necessary to move her to Arizona to be closer to family members.

Survivors include two daughters, Ellen Munoz (Andrew) of Sierra Madre, Calif., and Luella Wilcock (Kennard) of Show Low, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by two half brothers, Lloyd Myers, Powell, and Glenn Myers, Meeteetse; and a half sister, Betty Workman, Tahlequah, Okla.

Special people who were important in Nyna's life, particularly in her later years, include Christine M. Shuffield, Powell, the granddaughter of Nyna's friend, Elizabeth Whaley, who drove for Nyna after she lost her eyesight to mascular degeneration, as well as spending many hours visiting and reading to her; Lynn Belford, Powell, who handled her bookkeeping and letter writing for many years; Eleanor Hofer, Laurel, Mont., who kept in contact with Nyna, visiting and taking her many places; and Lloyd and Janine Myers, Powell, who assisted in many ways.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Roy, a World War II naval hero; a half sister, Ramona Hoffman; and three great-grandchildren.

Her cremated remains will be buried in Osceola, Iowa, near her mother, maternal grandparents and brother Roy.