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Marliss Myran, 80

Marliss Myran, 80, of Canadian Lakes, Mich., died peacefully on July 18.

She was born to Selmer and Gretchen Braaten Dec. 6, 1932, in Ortonville, Minn. Marliss received a B.S. from Concordia College in 1955. She married Gunder Myran in 1958, and they recently celebrated their 55th anniversary. Marliss received a master's degree in home economics from Michigan State University in 1971.

Marliss' life was one of family, creativity, teaching, and faith. As a mother, Marliss was the center of the family, always there with a kind of love, patience, guidance, and support that made you feel like you'd answered your own question or solved your own problem. For Marliss there was little difference between the precision of her various creative passions and how she took care of her family; everything was done with a high level of pride and craftsmanship, yet all with an easygoing manner which made it all seem like this was just how it was supposed to be.

One of the defining aspects of Marliss' life was her love for sewing. What she called her sewing room was what most of us would have thought of an artist studio, the kind of space that evoked creativity and craftsmanship. Her clothing and quilts were professional in every sense of the word. She prided herself on the quality of her work and won many awards over the years. Marliss shared her love for her family and friends through her sewing with gifts of wedding dresses, clothing, handbags, quilts, and wall hangings. She also made quilts for children at the local woman's shelter, an example of her compassion for others.

Marliss was a teacher, both as a profession and as another defining part of her character. She taught home economics and brought to the classroom the same loving manner of high expectations without judgment or pressure that she demonstrated to her family. She also inspired her middle son to follow in her footsteps and become a teacher.

Faith was an important part of Marliss' life. Her family experienced this not so much through teachings from the Bible or taking the kids to Sunday school, but through her deeds and actions: demonstrating faith in others and compassion for the less fortunate.

Marliss is survived by her loving husband, Gunder; her three sons, Craig Myran of Grass Lake, Mich., Steve Myran of Norfolk, Va., Mark Myran of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; her sister, Ruth Mills of Mora, Minn.; her brother, David Braaten of Grand Rapids, Minn.; and eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Immanuel Lutheran Church Bell Tower in Big Rapids, Mich., or the American Cancer Society.

A memorial service to celebrate Marliss' life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 2nd Ave., Wanamingo, Minn. The family will greet friends beginning at 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon. Burial will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wanamingo.

Arrangements entrusted to the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Share a memory or leave a condolence at