Myra Lee Girty |

Myra Lee Girty

Myra Lee Girty of Erick, Okla., a former resident of Rifle, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at Sayre Memorial Hospital in Sayre, Okla. She was 63.

A memorial service was held Jan. 3, 2004, in Erick, Okla. Burial followed at the Erick Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 2, 1940, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Emma and James M. Brownson. She spent her childhood in the Torreon, N.M., area.

She married John Coons and raised her children in the Aztec, N.M., area.

She later married Vernon Girty, and they lived in Oklahoma.

She did a lot of traveling until moving to Rifle to be close to her family. In Rifle, she operated a housekeeping business. As retirement approached, her desire to settle became strong and she searched for a community to call home. She found that home in Erick, Okla., and loved the town and the people. She worked part time as a waitress at the Rafter T Restaurant and enjoyed those she met while working.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Ms. Girty is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Debbie and Ray Howe, and Brenda and Steve Brown, all of Eagar, Ariz.; by grandchildren Arianna Howe, Ciara Howe, Kalon Howe, Quenton Howe, Tiffany Brown, Trina Brown and Tyrell Brown; by sisters Lynn O’Larey, Sharon Owens, Roberta Patterson and Cynthia Brownson; by brothers James M. Brownson Jr. of Silt, Thad Brownson of Aspen Glen, Gary Brownson of Silt, and Franklin Brownson; and by other relatives and friends.

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