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Myra Helen McInnis Gordon

February 15, 1958September 9, 2019
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Myra Helen McInnis Gordon, age 61, of Hoover, AL, passed away Monday evening, September 9, 2019. She was born February 15, 1958 in Montgomery, AL.

Myra was an amazing wife, uncompromising mother, gentle grandmother, and devoted sister. She was a second mom to many.

Myra worked and taught tirelessly and lovingly at the Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega for 30 years. She loved the outdoors, hiking, the mountains, and the beaches. She had a soft spot for animals, Snoopy, and "The Golden Girls."

Myra was predeceased by her parents, Helen Willoughby McInnis and Johnny Grady McInnis. Survivors include Myra's husband, William Ransome "Rann" Gordon, Jr.; one daughter, Amy Jones (Patrick); one son, Trey Gordon; two grandchildren, Mia Jones and Wyatt Jones; a sister, Sara M. Shuman (Tim); two brothers, Johnny B. McInnis (Dana) and Steven W. McInnis (Teri); many extended family members; and Myra's spoiled dog, Cooper.

Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL, immediately followed by A Celebration of Myra's Life at 11 a.m. at the funeral home's chapel. Burial will be at Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham. Rev. Robert Blackwell will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the UAB Department of Neurology, SC 350, 1720 2nd Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35294. Or give at https://www.uab.edu/medicine/neurology/.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • A Celebration of Life for Myra Gordon Saturday, September 14, 2019

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Lynne Hanner

September 15, 2019

Rann and family - I’m so sorry to hear about Myra. She was a warm, gracious, smart lady who always greeted everyone with a smile and a spirit of friendship. Your heart is hurting right now but I know Myra is in Heaven and she gave you countless great memories to cherish until you see her again. I’m praying for you! Lynne

Don Donald

September 14, 2019

Myra was my good friend for many years. She was my classmate at University of Montevallo for Oral School. She was very sweet and smart. I would love to go to her funeral service but I am in Maryland. Pray for Rann and her family. I know she is peaceful in the heaven and see her parents and her folks. I won't forgot her. I miss and love her always. May God bless with her family's and friends.

Don Donald
Middletown, MD

Delores Davis

September 14, 2019

I remember meeting Myra when she first arrived at ASD. A very good day for students and staff. She was poised and made others feel comfortable with her natural friendly smile.

I got to know another part of Myra’s personality when we attended a workshop at the South Carolina School for the Deaf. It was many years ago and we shared living quarters. There were a few personal conversations, one or two regarding Rann. I had the pleasure of working with Rann for many years.

Myra and Rann made a good couple with high morals. They passed them on to their children. I hope the family find comfort in their memories of Myra in the days ahead,

In my thoughts and prayers, Delores

Bianca Perez

September 13, 2019

Myra's beautiful smile and positive spirit will always be remembered and cherished. As my co-worker, Rann would talk about her love for animals with a soft spot for her little "fur babies," adopting them as his own.

Definitely gone too soon {*tears}, Myra will be missed! May she rest peacefully for only a short time. - Job 14:14, 15, John 11:11-14.

Rann, I carry you and your sweet children and grandchildren in my heart. I will be praying for your continued comfort and strength to endure any difficult times ahead.

Agapé,
Bianca (lml/)

Kimberly Pruitt-palmedo

September 12, 2019

My favorite memory of Myra is when she would gather the girls to discuss some important stuff when we dont have our parents around and Myra is always there for us. Shes always a pleasant to talk to. Most loveable person! I will miss her very much!

Gwen Woodard Thompson

September 12, 2019

Myra’s was a child when I knew her. Our families go back two generations. Through the years I kept up with her and I know that each family member held Myra in highest regard. She was a loving person and gave freely of herself to help others. She was well loved and highly respected. Gwen Woodard Thompson

Elaine Andrews Boyer

September 12, 2019

Dear Sweet Family,

We were born and raised in the same church, and today there are many of us who are recalling memories with Myra! I will never forget her loving heart and beautiful smile. When we were teenagers she’d get tired of all the girls’ chattering and would switch off her hearing aids... how she smiled and said, “I can do that, you know!” Because of our friendship, I begged my parents to let me ride my bike to the Alabama Baptist building to take sign language lessons at the age of 11. I shared what little I learned, and that put a big smile on my friend’s face. There must have been quite a bit of laughter, too! I wasn’t very good, but of course she said she knew what I was saying.

We’ve only been in touch on social media for the last few years, but how precious my memories are of those conversations about husbands, kids, and grandbabies. I love you, and will miss you. Because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we have assurance that we will meet again! Our family will continue to keep you all close in our hearts and pray for the Lord to comfort and strengthen you all. The McInnis family has always been and continues to be very special to us.

Myria Dobbins

September 12, 2019

I know her she was old my teacher class 1984 I never forget alot about her she is sweet beautiful lady and I miss her and she is going to homecoming heaven with God I know she gonna miss to everyone with classes...may God bless with her family's and friends

Sally Smith

September 11, 2019

Ran
Sending prayers and condolences to your family. I am so sorry to hear of Myra's passing. She was a great teacher whose legacy lives on in the students she taught, her colleagues, and in the family she nurtured. May you all find comfort in the memories you share.

Dan Miller

September 11, 2019

I remember when Myra first arrived at ASD. Pat Pike and I were working with Chesley Smith in the Dorm Program. Myra was completing an internship with her masters and assigned to us. Myra helped us to design a process to use a behavior rating to write IEP objective! She was uber smart and creative!

I remember her turning the eyes of Rann—what a great union for both.

Lynn and I encouraged her to go to JSU to earn her teaching license. Later as a Western Maryland Alum, I signed-off on her application(making it deposit free) to earn her M.Ed. -Deafness.

I have no memory of her ever being anything other than: kind, hard working, dedicated to ASD & family, dependable and so proud of her children. (But not a push-over for what she saw as a just cause!)

Myra leaves a legacy of loving kindness that is ever so rare.

Rest in peace good and faithful servant.