Myrna Verle Thompson

January 28, 1941September 30, 2020

Myrna Verle Thompson, beloved mother and grandmother of Calgary, AB passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at the age of 79 years.

Myrna was the oldest of 4. She was born on the family farm in Mowbray, MB on January 28, 1941. For 10 years, she attended a one-room country school. During part of that time, her mode of transportation was riding her pony; Betty. She later moved to Morden, MB for high school and finally off to Winnipeg, MB to business school.

In 1960 her adventurous nature brought her out west where she settled in Calgary. Here she met Robert Cardinal, through mutual friends and they married in 1961.

Myrna and Robert started a family and welcomed son David Cardinal in 1962 and daughter Rhonda Heim (nee Cardinal) in 1968. She enjoyed the days of bringing up her family. Spending time at the outdoor rink watching hockey and her kids learning to skate for the first time. Family was very important to Myrna, so every summer she packed up her family and headed back to Mowbray, MB to see all the relatives. She loved to socialize and catch up with everyone. She enjoyed the evenings she spent with her children, hearing about their day and spending this quality time with them.

Myrna will be remembered for her love and caring nature to her children and granddaughters, her delicious pies, baking cookies & biscuits with her granddaughters, endless pots of coffee and having family and friends over; everyone was welcome. Myrna was also a proud member of the Rebekah Lodge for many years. Her outgoing personality and kind nature allowed her to talk to many ages and be able to relate to them.

Myrna began working with special needs children for the Calgary Board of Education in 1980. This was not just a job for Myrna. These children were like family to her, and she enjoyed seeing their accomplishments. She was always proud of them. The children loved her and could not wait to greet Mrs. C in the morning. She was well liked by both students and staff. Here she made lasting friendships with 3 special ladies.

In 1994 Myrna retired from the CBE and embarked on a new adventure with her husband Gordon Thompson to raise and breed Boer goats. Myrna loved being back on the farm enjoying the animals and the outdoors. Later, she moved back to the city to be closer to her granddaughters. This allowed her to spend many years watching her granddaughters grow.

Myrna is lovingly remembered by her son David Cardinal (Karen) and daughter Rhonda Heim (nee Cardinal) (Jeff) as well as four granddaughters; Caitlin, Zoe, Lauryn and Ella. She is also survived by her brothers Stan Johnston (Joyce), Melvin Johnston (Gloria) and nephews and nieces. Myrna was predeceased by her husband Gordon Thompson; parents Stuart and Muriel Johnston & sister Nancy Rendall. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in the Pembina Valley in Manitoba.

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Joyce Johnston

October 23, 2020

I’m convinced I saw Myrna afew years before I actually met her.

To explain abit of background. While my family was living in the rooming house area of downtown Winnipeg, I would often see this very beautiful women walking on the opposite side of the street. I had never seen hair that blonde. Her classy dark horn-rimmed glasses added to her beauty. I never spoke to her, but wondered who she was, why she always walked alone, always predictable in terms of time, pace of walk. I thought she seemed lonely. After a time, I never saw her and wondered what happened to her.

Moving forward afew years while I was dating Myrna’s brother, Stan, I was introduced to Myrna. I couldn’t believe my eyes as this was the mystery lady that walked past me those many times. It was a breathtaking reality; and I wondered about destiny.
I learned that Myrna had been attending Comptometer school in downtown Winnipeg; and that she roomed in a rooming house just 2 blocks of where I lived with my family.

Afew years later after Stan and I were married we were given a Christmas gift from Myrna. It was a yellow floor mop. It has been just the best gift, as now after more than 50 years of use, I still use this gift. It was a keeper and it will mop my floor for many years yet. As I use this mop my thoughts often turn to Myrna.

Myrna was passionate in her beliefs; and on occasion her temper might even get the best of her. Myrna displayed genuine interest in people and the love for her friends and family was solid and never in question. If anyone was in need Myrna was always there giving comfort and help where she could.

She leaves an earthly hole now in our family; but our fond memories of her are abundant as we wait to meet her again. Lovingly remembered, Joyce

Judy Christianson

October 17, 2020

I remember Myrna as one of the most warm, caring & funny people. Her & my Dad (her Uncle Alvin Finley) used to have quite the discussions about politics! He loved those talks with her. She will be truly missed. We send our sincere condolences to David, Rhonda & their families.
Miles & Judy Christianson & Family

Joan Sokolan

October 16, 2020

I am a long-time friend of Myrna’s. We met outside Southwood School and immediately had a connection. Later when I worked for the school board for 27 years we became very close. Through the years we have laughed a lot, cried together and worked through the tough times. Myrna was a very compassionate lady and always had time to speak and listen to those with tales of woe. I learned a lot from Myrna both personally and professionally. She knew how I hated politics but she would always give me her opinion. I loved my friend and I will miss her dearly, until we meet again Myrna, GOD BLESS. Love Joan Sokolan

Kathleen Garneau

October 15, 2020

Rhonda, David and families,
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I have known your Mom for most of my life due to the friendship she shared with my Mom. My Mom, Joan and Dorothy cared deeply about your Mom. The last time I saw her was to celebrate my Mom’s Birthday in the summer of 2019 at my house. It was a lovely visit and she did not want to leave. A happy day celebrating friendship and a great memory. Our heartfelt condolences!
Kathleen, Mike, Madeleine and Simone

Jennifer Munn

October 15, 2020

I met Myrna on the hill waiting for her grandkids whenever Rhonda was working. She was always smiling, laughing and sharing a funny story. She often joined the Costello mom's at the school park as she couldn't say no to the girls if they asked if they could stay to play. She sure loved her grand daughters and they her as they would walk away making plans of what they would bake together or do until mom came home.

I am very sorry for your loss Rhonda but know that she is in a better place now. Take comfort that she is at peace and is reunited with her loved ones.
Thinking of you always,
Jenn and family

Dorothy Galanov

October 15, 2020

Myrna and I met when we worked at the CBE and became good friends, my daughters enjoyed spending time with as she was, as stated ,a wonderful, loving, caring person. After a friendship of 40 years it is difficult to realize she is no longer with us. Barb, Joan and I will miss her but we have many memories and shared a lot of laughter and fun times together.

Corby Johnston

October 15, 2020

I regularly reflect back to the mid-1970s when my Dad (Stan Johnston) and I moved to Calgary prior to my Mom and Sister (Joyce and Angela) and into what would become my second home for many years following... the Cardinals home in Haysboro. I always looked forward to the end of the school day as I knew safe haven was waiting for me in that home, and that my Aunt Myrna would be there waiting for me with a grilled cheese or ham sandwich, and occasionally sneak a Coke for me from Uncle Bob's stash between the stove and cupboard. Her laughter was always calming, made me feel safe and was significant in helping me adjust. 45 years have passed and we didn't see each other as much as we could have in the past couple decades as life seems to get in the way. I will miss her, am grateful to have shared lifes experiences with her, and to have witnessed her kind caring soul. Deepest sympathies to my cousins Dave, Rhonda and families.

Angela Johnston

October 15, 2020

Specialty dinner was cordon bleu....I thought this was very fancy as a child. The first time I ever had home made macaroni and cheese was by Aunt Myrna. Rhonda & I bouncing off the walls, arguing over the bunk bed.....hearing Judas Priest around 2am in the morning from a frazzled Aunt Myrna. Rhonda & Auntie debating who could run faster when they drove me home from Haysboro to Acadia. I said just stop and have an official race to see....they got out at my elementary school which had a large green space and the race was on. Rhonda won, but only by a smidge. Aunt Myrna would have been in her late 30's I think. While watching them race in those mere seconds I recall as a 10 year old thinking, look at that blonde hair and those legs just a pumping. Holy cow, look at her go! I'll have that vision in my mind until my time to go and I'll remember her in so many other ways, the memories we shared, the talks we had....I will cherish forever. Love & Peace Myrna. Rest now.

Nicole Sawatzky

October 15, 2020

I loved all the times Aunt Myrna came to Manitoba. Even as kids, she always had time to spend with us. She came to help Grandpa after Grandmas heart attack, and Grandma after Grandpa died, and I am especially grateful for the time I spent with her riding to and from the hospital when mom was sick. She was such a beautiful empathic soul. My deepest sympathies for my cousins and their families, I know how hard the loss of a mom is 💕

Gail Lusty

October 15, 2020

I remember what a loving, helpful, grandma your Mom was. Always on the hill waiting for the grandkids after school. I had many a nice chats with your Mom and one thing was crystal clear, she loved her grandkids and they loved her. God Bless her on her new journey. A temporary separation until we all meet again. Until that time, I wish you all peace in your heart.

Gail and family


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