Celebration of life planned for late El Paso community leader


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The El Paso community is invited to a celebration of life for the late Myrna Deckert on Saturday, June 26, at Southwest University Park’s WestStar Club.

Deckert, one of El Paso’s most respected community leaders, died Sept. 11, 2020. She was the former chief executive officer for both the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and YWCA El Paso del Norte Region.

She served as CEO of YWCA El Paso del Norte Region for 33 years and was a YWCA staff member for many years before that.

More: Longtime El Paso community leader Myrna J. Deckert dies at 83

She was known for her commitment to improving health, education, economic development and quality of life for the region.

While at the Health Foundation for eight years, she developed a regional framework for health to promote health and prevent disease, according to a foundation release.

“She helped establish the Realize leadership development program, Paso del Norte Community Foundation, Fundación Paso del Norte, and PHIX Health Information Exchange.” the release states.

During her time with YWCA El Paso, Deckert established one of YWCA’s capstone programs in 1993: the Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center for survivors of domestic abuse and other forms of violence, which continues to serve women and children today.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon. All are welcome. Attendees should have a face mask or be vaccinated.

In lieu of flowers, consider a gift to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation — Myrna Deckert Fund for Health Leadership at pdnfoundation.org or the YWCA of El Paso Foundation — Myrna and Ray Deckert Endowment Fund at ywcaelpaso.org.

Community members are welcome to send a favorite memory, story, or photos they would like to share to ssoto@pdnfoundation.org by June 18.

More: YWCA El Paso del Norte Region receives $20 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

María Cortés González may be reached at 915-546-6150; mcortes@elpasotimes.com; @EPTMaria on Twitter.

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