Myrla Elaine Cox

February 2, 1939 ~ October 3, 2021 (age 82)
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Myrla Elaine Cox of Irrigon was born February 2, 1939 in Selma, California the daughter of Chester and Mardette (Williams) Kleinhammer. She passed away in Richland, WA on Sunday October 3, 2021 at the age of 82.

Myrla grew up in Fresno County California, attending school in Fowler, CA. She graduated from Fowler High School in the late 1950's. She then joined the Air Force where she served for a short time. After her honorable discharge, she returned to Fresno County where she resided for several years. She moved to Western Washington for a couple of years before settling in Eastern Oregon in 1968. She has been a resident of the Irrigon community for many years.

Myrla loved raising her Irish wolf hounds. She enjoyed horses, crocheting and working on ancestry.

Myrla married Arlie B. Tompkins in the late 1950's and from this union four children were born: Arlie, Adam, Allen and Dawn. The couple later divorced. She married John C. Cox in 1965. The couple divorced many years later.

She is survived by three sons, Arlie and wife Diana Tompkins, Adam and wife Jana Tompkins, Allen Tompkins; daughter, Dawn and husband Mike Samson; eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren; brother, Keith Kleinhammer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Danny Kleinhammer.

A Celebration of life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday October 23, 2021 at the Boardman Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.

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Celebration of Life
October 23, 2021

11:00 AM
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Boardman
Wilson Road
Boardman, OR 97818

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