Obituary: Suzanne Dermody Myra, 74

Suzanne Dermody Myra of Willows died peacefully at Enloe Medical Center in Chico on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. She was born in Los Angeles to John Wayne Dermody, a World War II veteran, and her beautiful mother, Betty Jean Burgess, on April 17, 1948.

She graduated from Buchser High School in Santa Clara in 1965. In 1969, she completed her undergraduate degree at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., majoring in music and minoring in elementary education.

In 1969, after graduating from college, she married David Horsley. They then moved to Federal Way, Wash., just south of Seattle.

Between 1971-1976, they had four children: Ninzel Horsley, Peter Horsley, Melissa Horsley, and Paul Horsley. In 1983, she divorced and then married the love of her life, Ken Myra, on Nov. 7, 1984.

Suzanne and Ken had three children together: Katrina Myra, Maria Myra, and Benjamin Myra. In total, Suzanne had seven children.

She was a full-time mother and homemaker over the course of her entire life. In between raising her children, she was heavily involved in the communities where she lived, especially in Federal Way, Wash., and Willows.

She loved many things in life, including her country, teaching piano to all ages, teaching students at school, teaching high school seminary students through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, singing, reading her scriptures, going to the temple, researching her family’s history and genealogy, and especially spending time with all her family, friends, and church missionaries.

Her family agrees, “Our sweet wife, mother, grandmother, and friend was greatly loved, and she will be deeply missed.”

She is survived by her daughters Ninzel Rasmuson, Melissa Dempsey, Katrina Parry, and Maria Smith; sons Peter Horsley, Paul Horsley, and Benjamin Myra; grandchildren Zachary, Joseph, Averey, Hayden, Caleb, Taylor, Isaac, Austin, Ava, Jared, Lillie, Abigail, Noah, Maya, Savannah, Jacob, Ethan, Alexander, Ashton, Adin, Isabella, Isaiah, Keziah, Hazel, Carson, Caden, Alana, Olivia, and Julius; and great-grandchild Wesley.

In March of 2023, the 30th grandchild will be born from Benjamin’s family. In the summer of 2023, two more great-grandchildren will be born from Joseph and Maya’s families.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the VFW Memorial Hall, 525 West Sycamore Street, Willows. In lieu of flowers, please donate to VFW Post 1770.