Jonesboro (AR) High School
Class of 1964
Myra Blevins Buhrmester
(March 25, 1946 – April 17, 2021
Myra Lou Blevins Buhrmester,
75, passed away Saturday morning at St. Bernard’s Medical Center.
A native and lifelong resident of Jonesboro, Myra attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic School and Holy Angels Academy. She was a 1964 graduate of Jonesboro High School and attended Arkansas State University where she studied journalism.
She met E.J. Buhrmester, the love of her life, in August of 1964, and they married on July 3, 1966, at Fisher Street United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, where Myra was a lifelong member. E.J. and Myra celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in July of 2016, with a reception at Community of Christ Church in Jonesboro. The couple attended services there at E.J.’s home church in later years.
Myra and E.J.’s greatest joy in life was their daughter, Shannon Buhrmester Young, son-in-law, Jason Young, and grandchildren, Sierra Young, 15, and Anthony Young, 10, all of Temecula, California.
Myra was an avid fans of sports on all levels. She played volleyball for many years on “The Jonesboro Sun” women’s volleyball team.
While attending ASU, she began work at “The Sun” as an assistant to Grace Witherspoon, whose “Social Whirligig” column ran in the paper until the death of Ms. Witherspoon. Myra continued to write and edit the column until her retirement, after 42 years at the newspaper. She was devoted to the Troutt family and was also a friend and mentor to the many writers and staff members she worked with over her many years at the newspaper.
Myra had served on the Board of Directors of the Jonesboro Parks and Tourism Department and The Salvation Army. She was a volunteer for Cardiology Associates, an honorary member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at ASU, and a volunteer at the Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.
In addition to her husband and family, she is survived by her sister, Doris Blevins Wade (Ronnie) of Jonesboro, and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James W. and Dorothy Dowdy Blevins and one sister Claudia Ming.
A memorial service to celebrate Myra’s life will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Bruce Primm and Michael Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the funeral home.
The family requests lasting memorials be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews Jonesboro AR 72401 or Keller’s Chapel Cemetery, 707 Amberwood Cove Jonesboro AR 72401