EMPEY, Myrna Evelyn (Gore)

Myrna Empey

Myrna Evelyn (Gore) Empey passed away on May 23, 2020, of complications with her heart and lungs. Myrna was born in August of 1941, to Wesley and Marjorie Gore, a younger sister to Ronald, and an older sister to Blaine, who would be born 4 years later. Myrna had an adventurous early life, starting out with her birth at the Paget family farm, east of Swalwell, and not in a hospital. The trend continued, as there was never a dull moment with farm life: catching frogs, horseback-riding, branding, round-ups, playing “Cowboys and Indians” with her brothers and cousins, gardening, cooking and baking for farm crews. Myrna attended the New Hope, Swalwell, and Linden Schools, and many life-long friendships were formed over the years. She was a member of the 4H Beef and Garden Clubs. During high school, she met Dennis Price from Three Hills, and soon afterwards, they were married and moved to Calgary. Several moves with Dennis’ electrician job took them to jurisdictions such as Saskatoon, Dawson Creek, and Norman Wells, where again, many lifelong friendships were begun. Three sons were born to Myrna and Dennis: Kevin, Mitchell and Scott. After moving the family back to Calgary in the 70’s, Myrna and Dennis parted ways, and Myrna moved with the three boys back out to Swalwell to get out of the city and be close to her aging parents. This enabled Myrna to renew many friendships that began in childhood, and she became active in community life, becoming a life-long member of the Swalwell Town and Country Club, filling various roles on the group’s executive. She found employment with the Three Hills School Division, as a librarian, first in the Carbon School, then at the Three Hills School. She later started working for the Royal Bank of Canada, where she was employed for 16 years. One of the old friendships she was nurturing eventually became more, and in time, (in true adventurous Myrna fashion), she and Larry Empey eloped on a summer weekend. Myrna and Larry farmed on the Empey homestead, NE of Swalwell for many years, and when the retirement decision was made, the farmland and machinery were sold. They stayed living on the home quarter, where they had earlier built a beautiful home for themselves. Myrna loved her family fiercely, and was so proud of each new addition. She loved music, and was partial to old time gospel and anything Elvis. Myrna, an excellent cook, had a huge garden for many years, even while she worked fulltime. Her flower gardens were to be envied. She loved to sew, and once retired from the bank, began weekly quilting sessions first with “Shirl’s Girls”, then with the Three Hills Rural Quilt Group. Her quilts were works of art, and will grace the homes of family members for years to come. Everywhere Myrna landed, she easily fit in, and she is described as being a spark, a bright light, a voice of reason, and most often, a life-long friend.

Mourning Myrna’s passing are her loving husband, Larry; son Kevin (Linda), son Mitchell (Beth) and son Scott (Shay McNeil); grandchildren Marshall (Stephanie) Price, Clayton (Kendra) Price, Matthew (Julia) Price, Zach (Bruna) Price, Cheyenne (Mike) Stapley, Chelsea (Nicholas) Czibere, Carson Price (Jessica LaBar), and Parker Price; greatgrandchildren Wesley, James and Albert Price, Geneva, Gresham and TBD Price, Lydia and Bennett Price, TBD Price,Taylin, Myla and Clate Stapley, and Nico, Summer, and Piper Czibere; brother Blaine (Sharon) Gore; sister-in-law Lorraine Chapman, brother-in-law Ralph (Jean) Empey, brother-in-law Larry Pondick, and sister-in-law Shelley Wilkinson; nieces Alanna Hatz and Rio Gore; and many, many other nieces nephews, cousins and friends. Myrna was pre-deceased by her parents, Wesley and Marjorie Gore, brother Ronald Gore, parents-in-law John and Mae Empey, brother-in-law Charlie Chapman, sister-in-law Marjorie Pondick, and brother-in-law Larry Wilkinson. A family graveside service was held Saturday, May 30, 2020, and it is hoped that a public “Celebration of Life” can be held later this summer. If desired, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Myrna’s name to The Salvation Army on-line at www.salvationarmy.ca or by mail to: The Salvation Army, Territorial Headquarters, 2 Overlea Blvd, Toronto, ON, M4H 1P4.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetltd.ca