Member of the Month

Cross Roads United Methodist Church

Myrna Stephens

March 2020


Myrna Stephens, a true Kansan, has a “can do spirit” and will tackle most anything. Myrna was born into a farm family the oldest of four children. Myrna was playing Rachmaninoff on the piano at an early age.

Myrna accelerated her education and graduated from Kansas State University at age 19 with a degree in business administration. Most announced business jobs were for men only, but undeterred, Myrna applied and worked first for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and then for Southwestern Bell as a manager.

Moving from Southwestern Bell she then went to Wisconsin Bell in Milwaukee. Myrna’s next move was to Illinois Bell in Chicago where daughter Melinda was born.Myrna then moved to Phoenix. Myrna loved her job as a mother, but still needed to be employed so she became certified to teach and pursued that vocation ending with teaching at ChandlerGilbert Community College. Next, Myrna used her teaching instincts to become a trainer with America West Airlines.

Myrna left America West and traveled to Boise, Idaho working at several local companies. Returning to her Kansas roots in 1992, Myrna continued to work in local companies and ultimately found her niche as a trainer for the State Of Kansas developing courses to improve customer service for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

Myrna has always been a Methodist and married Jim at St. Matthews UMC in Mesa where they met in a Sunday school class. When she and Jim retired, they returned to Phoenix in 2011 as both liked the city. They commenced to renovate a condo and found a church home at Cross Roads UMC. Myrna found another interest in helping Jim renovate and decorate the condo. Myrna is now closer to daughter Melinda’s family and granddaughters Adri and Sara. She is able to be an interactive grandmother attending the girls’ school ASA concerts.

Myrna continues to need to be out and about as she is a seasonal employee for See’s Candies making people happy with sweet treats and her ever present smile. Myrna is a long-time member of PEO, an organization that promotes education and she is currently highly involved with Save Our Schools (SOS) in Arizona, an organization advocating for public education funding.

Myrna’s energy level hasn’t waned since she entered her senior life. She just tries to find more ways to contribute to the world. Myrna is active at Cross Roads in UMW, many Bible studies, serves on many committees and is currently Chair of the Church Council.