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Munzinger, Myra G.

Munzinger, Myra G.

September 11, 1940 — January 25, 2020

Myra Glennis Munzinger was born on September 11, 1940 in Wichita, Kansas to Frank G. and Bertha D. (Thomas) Davison. Myra passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on January 25, 2020. She had an idyllic childhood growing up in Dighton, Kansas. Her father, Frank G. Davison, was an educator, farmer, and a mayor. Her mother, Bertha was a loving homemaker and very involved in the Christian Church.

After graduating from Dighton High School in 1958, she married Marlin R. Krentzel, and the two lived in Germany for a year while he was in the service. Upon returning to the states, they both attended Fort Hays State University where they received their bachelor-of-science degrees.

Myra started her teaching career in Garden City, Kansas. After teaching there for several years, Myra attended Emporia State University to obtain her master’s degree in administration and supervision and taught one year in Emporia Public Schools while obtaining that degree.

Myra joined the Wichita Public Schools, which served more than 50,000 students in 1969. She served as an assistant principal at Woodman Elementary School, which at the time was the largest elementary school in the Midwest with over 1,500 students. The following year she became the principal at Lincoln Elementary School, and later served as the principal at College Hill Elementary and finished her principalship at Ingalls Elementary.

In 1983, Myra married Richard (Dick) C. Munzinger and they shared more than 36 years of marriage.

In the fall of 1987, Myra was promoted to the Elementary Personnel Director, which enabled her to hire hundreds of teachers for the district. During her tenure, Myra also served on numerous local, state and national committees. She retired from the school system in the spring of 1994.

In the fall of 1994, Myra and Dick moved to Timonium, Maryland where Myra joined the Baltimore County Public Schools. She served as an Elementary Personnel Director and was privileged to hire over a thousand teachers a year. After retirement, Myra continued to support public education, and always believed that a good education would take you far in life.

During their years together, Myra and Dick traveled and enjoyed many great times with friends and family. Dick always referred to Myra as his lovely bride.

Myra was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Bertha, and brothers Lyle and Kent Davison. She is survived by so many family and friends whose lives will never be the same, including her husband, Dick Munzinger, her daughters Trina and Tamra Krentzel of Kansas City, step-children Dr. Mark and Angela Munzinger of Radford, VA, and Melinda and Dr. Darren Defrain of Wichita, Kansas. She is also survived by six grandchildren; grandsons Bradly Williams of Poplar Bluff, MO, Brent and Brooke Williams of Wichita, KS, Nathan and Staci Lindsey of St. Louis, MO and granddaughters Anna Munzinger of Lawrence, KS, and Madchen and Ava Defrain of Wichita, KS. Carrying on her legacy are 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 5:30 pm Monday, February 3, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. (816) 781-8228.

A celebration of life will be held in Wichita, Kansas in late spring. Dates and details will be posted on Facebook.

Memorials are suggested to the North Kansas City Schools Education Foundation (in memory of Myra Munzinger), 2000 NE 46th Street, Kansas City, MO 64116 (nkcschoolsfoundation.org).

Service Information

Services will be held at 5:30 pm Monday, February 3, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. (816) 781-8228.

A celebration of life will be held in Wichita, Kansas in late spring. Dates and details will be posted on Facebook.

Munzinger, Myra G.'s Guestbook

What a friend she's been to me, I will be miss her so much. I will cherish all of the fun times that we shared. Each time we parted in person or by phone, we always stated our little inside joke. Inspired by my grandchildren, the saying BYE, BYE BABY!!! So today for the last time, I will say BYE, BYE, BABY!! SUFFER NO MORE!!

carol salinas

I loved to hear Myra sing.She had a beautiful voice. I also went to school with her brother Kent. She will be missed.

Patty Speer

MUCH LOVE TO MY DEAR FRIEND AND FAMILY. I WILL TRULY MISS MY FRIEND! SO, AS WE WOULD SAY WHEN DEPARTING, BYE BYE BABY!!

CAROL KENO

Aunt Myra had a wonderful laugh, beautiful smile and was a lot of fun. I'll miss her very much.

Kathy Davison Brown

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