Myrna grew up in Mitchell, OR, a logging community. Though her father, an itinerant worker, logged only when he could find no other work, she remembered waking up to the sound of men in the community going off to work in the early morning "crummie," and having to keep quiet early in the evenings when playing with her girlfriends because their logger fathers were trying to sleep so they could get up before dawn to meet the next morning's crummie. Her husband was a choker setter for mostly independent logging outfits, and her daughter, Gaye Lynn (see Gaye Lynn Cook, above) married a logger, Ken Cook, who died in 1996 while falling a tree. Myrna loved Ken like her own son, still grieves his death, and now raises Ken and Gaye Lynn's eight-year-old daughter. Myrna worked for James River Paper Company in Portland for eighteen years until work-related disabilities forced her to retire. She returned to school, where she earned a Master's degree in social work, and now works for the State of Washington's Child Protective Services.
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Forests and forestry; Loggers' spouses; Loggers--Northwest, Pacific; Logging--Northwest, Pacific; Logging--Vocational guidance; Lumber camps; Lumber trade; North America; Oral history; Oregon; Pacific Northwest; United States; Women; Women employees; Women loggers--Northwest, Pacific; Work environment