Tenna Inge Myles, who died May 2, 2013, in Morgantown, was born Oct. 20, 1920, at Copenhagen, Denmark.
Tenna was a daughter of the late Helga Agnite Eduard Andersson and Ernst Fredrik Andersson.
Her name is engraved on the Immigrants’ Wall of Ellis Island, N.Y., where she and her family entered the United States in 1924. She became a naturalized citizen in 1946.
The last surviving member of her immediate family, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Joseph Harlan “Bus” Myles Jr., May 16, 2005. She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Arthur Lewis Cash, Aug. 25, 1987.
A life member of the West Virginia Garden Club, the National Garden Club and the Emma Scott Garden Club of Elkins, she chaired numerous flower shows and won many awards for her floral designs. She was a member of the Senior Monongalians Bridge Club and the Morgantown Newcomers Club. A gracious hostess and cook, her floral artistry always enhanced the dining room table. She contributed time and energy to countless church and community activities including decades of baking for PTA, Bible school and especially for her appreciative, loving family. Family Christmas traditions and foods are especially influenced by her Danish heritage. Her scrabble skills challenged her family who continue the tradition via Internet. Tenna’s phenomenal memory of family, friends and acquaintance’s birthdays were acknowledged by personal notes and greeting cards.
Tenna is survived by daughter, Grethe Myles and her, husband, Tom Witt, with whom she made her home. Also surviving are her daughter Catherine Cash of Tucson, Ariz., granddaughters, Amanda Cory Cash of Tucson, Aria., and Hannah Catherine Cash of Burbank, Calif., great-grandsons, Myles Arthur, John Francis and Graham Alphonse Caldwell; daughter, Christine Hasbrouck and her husband, James Hasbrouck, of Blackstone, Va., grandsons, Shann Ryan White and his wife, Amy White, and great-grandchildren, Jacob Ryan, Joel Tate and Abigail Tenna White and Benjamin Kelsey White and wife, Danielle White, great-granddaughters, Tenna Kelsey and Adeline Renee White; and daughter, Lisa Borkowski and her husband, Gregory Borkowski, of Napoleon, Ohio, and granddaughters, Andrea Rose and Sarah Noelle Borkowski. Also surviving are stepgrandchildren, Theodore “Ted” Hasbrouck and his daughters, Alison and Willow Hasbrouck; and Sarah Hasbrouck Andrews and her children, Madison Rodgers and Ethan Andrews.
An active participant in her church, Tenna was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Morgantown where Pastor Gerald Kliner will conduct a service celebrating her life and faith at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22. Tenna’s family will greet friends in the hour preceding the service at the church. Her ashes, contained in a hand thrown urn created by her niece, Claudia Dunaway of Burnsville, N.C., will be interred next to her husband, and near several generations of the Myles family, at 5 p.m. Saturday in the cemetery of Big Sewell Mountain Baptist Church, Route 60, Rainelle.
Gifts of remembrance may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin St., Morgantown, West Virginia 26505, to Lutheran World Relief, P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21298-9832 or Big Sewell Mountain Baptist Church. Funeral preparation was provided by Hastings Funeral Home of Morgantown, with assistance of Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle.