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Myra Reynolds Stockard
November 1926 October 2009
Myra Reynolds Stockard, 82, of Merced, passed away on Monday, Oct. 5 at home with her family at her side. During her long illness Myra and the family appreciated the caring assistants provided by the California Home Health Care and Hospice. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 at the Merced United Methodist Church. Rev. Jay Pierce will officiate. Rev. Raymon Womack officiated at the graveside service at Old Hall Cemetery in Lewisville, Texas on Oct. 14.
She was born on her great grandfather’s ranch in Denton County near Little Elm, Texas to Claude and Irene Reynolds in 1926. Myra was a premature baby and for the first weeks after her birth, a cigar box was used for her baby bed. She attended several rural elementary schools in Denton County. The family moved to Lewisville, Texas and she finished elementary school and graduated from Lewisville High School in 1944. In 1946, Myra married her high school sweet heart William Stockard. She worked in Dallas at a wholesale house and in 1949, William worked as a public school teacher and Myra started several hobbies. Painting with oils, sewing and quilting kept her busy. Later on she attended college classes learning pottery molding. In 1958, the Stockards moved to Merced and Myra was active in the Merced Human Relations Club and the League of Women Voters. She also then graduated from Merced College. She was active in the United Methodist Church, NAACP, peace groups, and volunteering at the carrier learning center at Merced High School.  
She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Williams Stockard; sons, Kyle Stockard of Merced and Kraig Stockard of Delhi; and siblings, Jack (Sylvia) Reynolds, Jim Reynolds and Norman (Karleen) Reynolds all of Lewisville, Texas, Everett (Sandra) Reynolds of Carthage, Texas and Jeannete (Don) Montgomery of Temple, Texas.