Paula Myhre, 54, of Sheyenne, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at her home in Sheyenne.
Paula Kristin Myhre was born July 31, 1958, in Fargo, the daughter of Alf and Miriam (Narum) Garnaas. She grew up in Sheyenne where she graduated from high school in 1976. She then attended Concordia College for one year until Paula convinced her parents that she was coming home to marry the love of her life. With this move home, Paula attained her doctorate in farming, being a mother and a community leader.
Paula was united in marriage to Erling Myhre on June 25, 1977, at First Lutheran Church in Sheyenne. They lived and farmed on the Continental Divide south of Sheyenne. In addition to farming she taught piano lessons from 1985 to present.
Paula touched many lives through sharing her gift of music, both through teaching and playing for Sunday school and other church events where she was director of music for a period of time. Paula also served as president of the First Lutheran Church board, Sunday school superintendent, a member of WELCA and of First Lutheran's Ladies Auxiliary, a leader in the Sheyenne GRIT committee, and a spearhead in the Open Season Lodge and Spicy Roadkill Cafe projects. Paula was one of the original "Spice Sisters." Paula was a compassionate volunteer to numerous organizations and events. She loved her community and the people within it.
Paula was an intrinsic part of the family farm, working hand in hand with her husband and her three sons to bring in the harvest. Paula loved cheering on her boys and her grandchildren in all of their events. She was known to yell at a ref or two if they were not being fair! Paula truly enjoyed spending time with her daughter-in-law and new neighbor, Sara. She finally had her daughter to travel, garden, share thoughts and shop with. She was an inspiration to her three grandchildren through her gift of music, game playing and numerous sleepovers. Through her committed faith, Paula was a loving, caring and avid friend who always put others first. She will truly be missed by all of the people she has touched with her warm and generous spirit.
She is survived by three sons: Eric (Sara), on the family farm, rural Sheyenne, Darrin, Minot, and Michael, 100 paces east of the family farm, rural Sheyenne; three grandchildren, Cole, Madisen and Hudson; two brothers, Allan (Joanne) Garnaas, Alexandria, Va., Daniel (Mary) Garnaas, Beldenville, Wis.; four sisters, Karen Okerlund, Fargo, Mary (Gaylan) Rockswold, Golden Valley, Minn., Ruth (Paul) Tweeten, Davenport, Iowa, Beth (Steve) Garnaas-Holmes, Acton, Mass.; also her best friend, Irene Cudworth, Sheyenne, and her close friend, Stuart Johnson, Oberon.
Paula was preceded in death by her husband, Erling, who died on April 7, 2004, and her parents.
Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m., in First Lutheran Church, Sheyenne.
Interment: Grandfield Lutheran Cemetery, rural Sheyenne.
Prayer service: Today, Friday, at 7 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, Sheyenne.
Visitation: Today, Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.
On-line condolences may be sent at (www.EvansFuneralHomeND.com).