February 11, 2012

Myna Ruth Cardwell

Myna Ruth (Buckendahl) Cardwell, 84, Lincoln, NE died Friday, February 10th, 2012.  She was born on October 28th 1927 in Stanton, Nebraska to Carl and Helena (DeBuse) Buckendahl.  Myna graduated from Elgin, Illinois High School in 1945 and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1950. While at the University she was a member of Towne Club and Sigma Eta Chi.

 She was a dedicated elementary school teacher with the Lincoln Public Schools System and ended her teaching career at Saratoga Elementary School. 

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert Cardwell, and sons and daughters in law – Tom and Jenny Cardwell, Jim and Angie Cardwell, and Bill Cardwell.  She is survived by her five grandchildren and husbands:  Dan Cardwell, Jamie and Nathan Gemmell, Laura and Matthew Ames, Ben Cardwell, and Morgan Cardwell.  She is survived by six great-grandchildren:  Noah Cardwell, Addison and Grayson Gemmell, and Xavier, Grady, and Ellery Ames. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Estella Lutes and her brother Carl Buckendahl. 

Myna was a longtime member of Northeast United Church of Christ where she was active in the Sunday School program for many years and shared her love of teaching.  She also volunteered at the Veterans Administration Hospital for nine years. 

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Northeast United Church of Christ with a lunch to follow. Pastor Melissa Finlaw Draper will officiate.    

Memorials may be sent to Northeast United Church of Christ at 6200 Adams Street Lincoln, NE  68507 or to Saratoga School at 2215 So. 13th, Lincoln, NE 68502.


  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim and the rest of his family.

    Mia, Denis and Austin Knoll
    Angie’s cousin

  2. Jim and Bill: I would like to express my sympathy in the loss of your mother.

    A (retired) friend from Novartis Betty Hunter

  3. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with the Cardwell family…..
    Many great memories of Mrs. Cardwell growing up as the preachers kid at Northeast Church…..
    Hold her memories filed in your mind, her love close to your heart and remember her spirit will always be within you.
    May God give you blessings through this time.

  5. Dear Cardwell Family.I am sorry to hear of the loss of your dear love one.May you all find the comfort and strength you need from God to endure.(2Corinthians 1:2-4;Revelation 21:4;John 5:28-29)

  6. I remember Mrs. C from my high school days when I would catch a ride to school with Tom. She was always the most wonderful and embracing person. It has been many years since that time, but she made a great impact on my life. My prayers go out to the family.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with Jim and his family at this time. You have our deepest Sympathies.

  8. Jim, Bill, and family:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Dear Tom and Jenny, I recognized that sweet face immediately. I was sorry to read about Myna’s passing. She gave so many students in the Lincoln Public Schools a solid and joyful start. She will be greatly missed. I was going to send a greeting card but realized that I no longer had access to your home address, sorry. My thoughts are with your family.
    Susan Powers-Alexander

  10. I am sorry this is coming by email, but I was not able to find an address for Bob (I worked with him at LT&T). I just wanted to extend my sympathy to all of you upon Myna’s death. I will always remember our conversations at the LT&T functions. She was such a vibrant, engaging lady. She would always have a great story or joke to share. I always thought that her students were the lucky ones to have had her for their teacher. She seemed so interested in her mission to give the best that was in her to those students. Her smile and sparkling eyes told me that she loved life and wasn’t afraid to share it with others. I have thought of her often in these last years and have only seen her occasionally, but she will remain in my life’s memories for years to come. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. She was a lovely lady.


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