TRAVERSE CITY — Danica K. Myles, 37, of Traverse City, born in Houston and formerly of Mason, Mich., died peacefully on Friday, July 26, 2013, at Tendercare Nursing Home when she finally broke free from her brain cancer after a brave 25-year battle.
Where some might have become withdrawn, Danica approached life with acceptance of her health situation. Her courage, optimism, laughter and generosity inspired everyone. This resulted in those she came in contact with having his or her life greatly enriched. She enjoyed traveling to Scotland, Disney World and San Diego, and when travel became too difficult she reached around the world through pen pals; her stationery and sticker collections were unmatched, as was the number of letters mailed over the years.
Ever a generous soul, Danica was a common sight at Meijer, dispensing pennies to eager kids (with parental approval) so they could enjoy the horsey ride. Thus was born the “Penny Lady” at Meijer. She so loved interacting with children, and was particularly enthralled with the company of her niece, Lily Bovee, and nephew, Cameron Fray. Danica was also quite fond of the many pets she had over the years.
Danica is survived by her mother, Marsha Myles (Mike Bahra), and father, Jimmy Myles (Deb Quinn) of Traverse City; brothers, Mike (Traverse City) and Doug (San Diego, Calif.); stepbrother Chris Fulton (Ft Myers, Fla.); stepsisters, Carrie Bovee and Heather (Adam) Fray, both of Traverse City; and aunts and uncles Margo and Jim Lindenmayer (Waleska, Ga.), Mike and Judy Morman (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Jeanne Quinn (Rockford, Mich.).
Danica was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Dorothy Myles of Leven, Scotland, and Frank and Marlys Morman of Wausau, Wis., and Traverse City.
Cremation has already taken place. A celebration of Danica’s life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Timber Ridge Resort starting with a visitation hour with her family between 4 and 5 p.m., a memorial service from 5 to 6 p.m. led by her dear friend Ben Falconer, followed by Danica’s favorite music and foods from 6 to 9 p.m. Attire should be fun and celebratory throughout the evening; wear green if you can, it was her favorite color!
The family’s preference is for donations to be made in Danica’s name to the Make–A‐Wish Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Please visit Danica’s webpage at www.lifestorynet.com to sign the guest book and share a message with her family.
The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse to handle the arrangements.