Myra J. Obrist
December 31, 1947-June 9, 2019
Myra J. Obrist, 71, of Columbus, died Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Lincoln.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Columbus. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at St. Isidore Catholic Church, with a 7 p.m. vigil at the church. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning at the church. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery in Columbus. The family has requested that casual dress attire be worn.
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Myra Obrist was born Dec. 31, 1947, in Norfolk, to Roy and Mary (Getsfred) Olk. In her youth she lived in Petersburg, Norfolk, Ord and St. Joseph, Missouri, before settling in Columbus. After graduating from Scotus Central Catholic in 1966, she completed surgical and nursing training, becoming an LPN. On May 14, 1976, she was joined in marriage to John L. Obrist. After the birth of their son, Myra and John founded Obrist & Co. Plumbing in 1978, where she worked alongside her family helping the business grow. She spent her adult life living in Columbus where she was endlessly involved in the community. She worked for many years in youth rehabilitation, managed several local small businesses, and finally returned to her true calling of helping children as the cafeteria manager at St. Isidore School before retiring in 2013. Myra awoke every day with a smile which she unselfishly shared with everyone she met, often from the driver's seat of her Chrysler ragtop. Becoming a grandmother allowed Myra's many gifts to reach new heights and her love for her two granddaughters will be irreplaceable. A member of St. Isidore's Catholic Church, Myra will be remembered for her pool parties, and her potato salad will be greatly missed by her loving family.
She is survived by husband, John L. Obrist of Columbus; son, John (Tara) Obrist, Jr. of Columbus; two grandchildren, Kim and Elizabeth Obrist; sister, Denette (Greg) Drum of Columbus; nephew, Brandon (Cecilia) Drum of Sweden; niece, Andra (Cory) Vandenberg of David City; along with many other nieces, nephews and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Mary Ann Olk; in-laws, Ben and Marilyn Obrist.
Condolences may be directed to www.mckownfuneralhome.com.