Myrna Kathryn DeMarce, 75, of Fort Totten, ND, began her journey to Heaven on July 5, 2017, at the CHI, St. Alexius Hospital, Devils Lake.
Myrna Kathryn DeMarce, 75, of Fort Totten, ND, began her journey to Heaven on July 5, 2017, at the CHI, St. Alexius Hospital, Devils Lake. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 10 at 10 a.m. at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Fort Totten. Father Charles Leute will celebrate the Mass and burial will be at her home, rural Fort Totten. Visitation, Rosary and Prayer Service will be on Sunday, July 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the Rosary and Prayer Service at 7 p.m. and visitation to end at 10 p.m. all at Seven Dolors Catholic Church. The procession to Fort Totten will leave on Sunday at 5 p.m. from the City Plaza. Myrna was born January 12, 1942, at Fort Totten, ND, the daughter of Ernest H. Smith and Agatha O. (Thompson) Smith. She lived most of her life in the Spirit Lake Nation except when attending school in Kansas and working in Wahpeton, ND, for a few years. Myrna began her education at the Old Fort Totten Governor’s School, part of her high school years at St. Michael’s Mission School and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Devils Lake. She attended the Haskell Vocation School, Kansas, graduating in 1962. She married Sylvester DeMarce in 1963 and she then worked at the Wahpeton Indian School. After moving back to Spirit Lake, she worked with the Early Childhood Program at the Spirit Lake Community Center. She decided to return to school and attended UND, Grand Forks and graduated with a major in Library Science in 1984. She then went to work for Little Hoop Community College where she served as the acting President of the college for a short time. Myrna then worked in the college library for many years. She was currently employed at Spirit Lake Tribal Court. Myrna is survived by her children; daughters, Dawn, Melanie, Vanessa, Leah, Roanna and Mary DeMarce; son, Marshall R. (Molly) DeMarce; special granddaughters, Lailah, Zoey and Chloe; grandsons, Joel and Chad DeMarce; sisters, Tessie Brown, Joanne Smith and Ernestine Foote; adopted sister, Evelyn Greene; brothers, Ernest D. Smith and Nathan (Marilyn) Smith; goddaughter, Paula Yankton; 28 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 19 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Agatha; son, David S. DeMarce; great-grandson, Hayden; grandparents, Mary Emma Straight Gourd and Moses Smith; Edward and Susan (DeMarrais) Thompson and many uncles and aunts. Active Casket Bearers: Todd Yankton, Kevin Brown, Dustin Smith, Chad DeMarce, Joel DeMarce, Josh Colon, Tresten DeMarce, Dasan Alberts, Nathaniel DeMarce, Zach Alberts and Austin Smith. Honorary Bearers: employees at Tribal Court, Spirit Lake Elders, Evelyn Greene and family, Kristie Black and family, Myrna (Torch) Greene and family, Midge McKay Chase and family, Kenneth and Flo Dunn and family, Pat WalkingEagle and family, Esther Abraham and family, Annie, Patty, Cathy and Becky TwoHearts and families, Karen GreyEyes and family, Pam Rainbow and family, Elaine Summers, Lois RedElk-Reed, Iris All Runner, Sharon Mudgett and family, Bill, Claude and Carol Black and families, Bob McKay and family, Beverly Graywater and family, Terry McKay, Jake and Myrna Thompson and family, Susie, Nathan, Catherine and Jenny Thompson, Milton RedOwl, Benji Thompson and family, Winfield Thompson Jr. and family, Annie, Bonnie Fay, Teresa and Monica Thompson and families, Linda (Hamie) Thompson and family, Patsy Hart and family, Betty Lou Ross and family, Herald James and Brenda Culbertson, Pierre Culbertson and family, Celestine Ducheneaux and family, Mike Thompson and family, Hugo Thompson, Marilyn Thomas and family, Tony and Vina McDonald, Russell and Francine McDonald, Sharon Georgeson and family, Louie and Hilda Garcia, Ramona LeftBear and family, Skip and Darlys Longie and family, Josie Lawrence and family, Betty “Doll” Smith and family, Cassandra Cloud, Tracy “Buzz” Charboneau, Reba Hegg Mack, Jennie K, Stacy and Connie Charboneau, Dale Alberts and family, LaVonne Alberts, Dean Morken, John and Penny Knudson, Linda Larson Fee, Lorraine Greybear and family, Rose Davis, Theresa Henry, Ardis Shaw, Mylo IronBear and family, Jane Liska, Pam Baker and family, Kristi Gaking, Brenda Robertson, Dean and Sonta Dauphinais and family, Craig and Bernadette Brown, Brian Thunder and family, Winona Fox and family and Annabelle Cavanaugh. So sorry if we forgot anyone, it was not intentional.