Myra Ellen (Orr) Canfield, of Niles

Myra Ellen (Orr) Canfield passed away on May 20, 2020, at West Woods, of Niles, after battling dementia/stroke. We sincerely thank the wonderful staff at West Woods for the care, kindness and respect they showed our Mother.

Myra was born on July 19, 1925, at home in Kanona, Kansas, to Dean and Myrtle Orr.

Married to our Dad, Dee Forrest Canfield for 43 years before his passing in 1988. Then married dad’s brother Neill Canfield for four years before his passing in 1992.

Myra was a loving wife and mom to us plus a homemaker, loved her canned peaches.

Myra also enjoyed gardening especially her flowers, sewing, cooking and many activities with the family.

At the age 40, she became a grandmother for the first time which she truly enjoyed.

Over the years, she spent time with her six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and while at the nursing home, she was introduced to two of her three great-great-grandsons.

Myra Ellen (Orr) Canfield

Mary was a long-time member of Trinity Methodist Church being active in office duties, Sunday School and VBS teacher. Myra was also a Cub Scout den Mother, PTA member and helped during the local elections and many other community projects.

Myra is survived by her daughters, Myra Jean Smith, of South Bend, and Sylvia (Jerry) Wagaman, of Springfield, Missouri; her sister, Jennie Canfield who is age 100, of Iowa; and sister-in-law, Sarah Orr, of Kansas.

She is survived by six grandchildren; and their families including granddaughter, Lesley Buckland (Gerard) Bettinger and grandsons Gary Buckland, Aaron (Lana) Canfield, Blake Canfield, Curtis Canfield and Eli Canfield; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Dee Forrest Canfield and Neill Canfield; her son, Forrest D. Canfield, great-great-grandson, Journey Buckland-Pruitt; her parents, Dean and Myrtle Orr; sister, Effie (Orr) Gish; and brothers, Roger Orr and Gary Orr Sr.

Myra was fondly loved by many family and friends throughout her 94 years of a great fulfilling life. We will miss her smile and laughter always. Rest in peace mom.

A funeral service for Myra Canfield will be hosted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Halbritter Wickens Funeral Home 615 E. Main St., in Niles.

Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Buchanan.

Due to current COVID-19 limitations, the funeral service will be able to be viewed on our Facebook page at

Online condolences to the family may be made at

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