In Memory

Myra Cofield (Aman)

Myra Cofield (Aman)

Myra Rene Cofield Aman, born in Ennis, Texas in 1951, died 26 Nov 2017 in Mason, Ohio. She graduated from Irving High School, Irving, Texas, and the University Of Texas @ Arlington with a B.A. in Mathematics cum laude. After teaching high school math and computer science, Myra spent 30 years at General Electric as a programmer at the Johnson Space Center, a hardware/software trouble-shooter for military automated engine test stands, and the lead for Support Equipment Management Team. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Curtiss Aman. Curtiss is a member of the class of '67 and was a trumpet player in the Irving High Band. Myra is also survived by her sister, Jamie Sue Cofield Noble.

An April visitation service is planned for April, 2018, when Myra's beloved bluebonnets and other wildflowers are in bloom.

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12/27/17 09:16 PM #1    

Jackie Zaremba (Johnson)

Myra was my closest friend from the time we were 10 years old in the fifth grade at Central Elementary.  She was so smart, clever, witty, thoughtful, artistic, supportive, funny, and strong.  I thought she was beautiful in all respects.

In junior high, Myra discovered the clarinet and mathematics.  She excelled at both.  Because of her mathematics ability, Myra along with a few others were moved into an advanced class to give them a head start in Algebra before high school.  At IHS, Myra played clarinet in the band all four years, frequently as 1st chair.  Myra made success look easy, but truthfully, she studied and practiced.  

Since we were in band in high school, we didn't have to take PE, but we still had to take the President's physical fitness test.  I'm afraid we angered several of the coaches when instead of running as fast as we could around the track, we decided to skip our way around.  

In our freshman year, Myra met the fella who would be the love of her life, Curtiss Aman.  At the time, Curtiss was a senior in the band, an 'older man.'  Out of reach for a mere freshman, but eventually she caught his eye.

Time went so quickly.  During and after college, we were fortunate to live relatively close until GE transferred Myra to Ohio and sent her on frequent assignments outside the country.  Despite that the four of us spent many holidays and vacations together.   Whenever there was a snafu in our plans, Myra said it would make a good story to tell her workmates and Ohio friends.  She was proud to be from Texas and the south; she pitied the poor folks who had the misfortune to lack those assets.

I'll greatly miss Myra.  



12/28/17 10:31 AM #2    

VanEtte Etheridge (Christian)

The following messages were left on the IHS Tiger Band - the Janzen Years Facebook page.
Richard Hayden Sorry to hear this.
Mike Sackett So sorry to hear of Myra's passing. I'm sure Curtiss is heart broken. Our prayers are with him and her family
Sherry Barnett Reeder Praying for Curtis and his family
Bruce Barrett Saddened by her passing
Ruby Holland I have fond memories of Myra.
Brenda Barrington III Myra was my first friend in Mrs. Orton's 6th grade class...and we walked to school together for years. We stayed best friends through High School. She was a smart, focused, considerate friend and band was everything to her. I am sure this will be a devastating loss for her family. Sending love and prayers to Curtis.
Marion Lees Franke SO SAD TO HEAR. Myra was always such a classy person so gentle & kind. I will be praying for God’s Perfect Peace For Curtis & all her family.
David Housewright Very sorry for your loss Curtis! Thoughts and Prayers to you and your Family!
Randy Necessary Remember her and Curtis well...sad news
VanEtte Etheridge Christian Rest in peace.

12/29/17 09:55 PM #3    

Brenda Seastrunk (Barrington)

Myra Cofield saved Texas for me. After spending the early part of my life on the West Coast, we moved to Texas for 6th grade. My first semester - spent at another elementary school in Irving - was a nightmare. When I transferred to Central Elementary at the beginning of the second semester, I met Myra and Jackie Zaremba. They were wonderful friends to me and to everyone else who knew them! They opened up their lives to me and we spent many wonderful years growing up together. (Soooo many awesome slumber parties!!) Until High School, Myra lived on Rindie, like I did, so for many years, we walked to school together and she was always way ahead of me in "cool".  I remember the morning after the Beetles played on the Ed Sullivan Show I had completely missed the performance. In fact - I had never heard of the Beetles - so I was clueless. Myra sang the Beetle songs all the way to school, so I would be in the know! From the minute we hit Junior High, Myra loved Band, so it was no surprise that she excelled there in High School. My mom was not a Band fan, so I lost my place in the "A" Band for our Sophomore and Junior Years. When that happened, Myra was still a great friend, but our lives began to take different paths. She was an amazing, focused, intelligent woman, and I am so thankful to her for the memories she gave me! Even though I have not seen her since High School, I guess I have always taken it for granted that, eventually, we would reconnect. I am so sad to learn that this will not happen while I am on this side of the valley! My sincerest sympathies for Curtiss and for her family and friends.

12/30/17 01:19 PM #4    

Brooks Harkey

What beautiful stories!  Myra was indeed a beautiful person. She's gone way too soon.  Like y'all, I wish we could have met up again. Thanks for sharing these tributes!

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