Prudence Myrland Waid Haney passed away on August 10, 2014. She was born August 1, 1921 in Keokuk, Iowa to Imogene Johnson and Otto Eugene Myrland. The family moved to Tucson in the early 1920's. Mrs. Haney graduated from Tucson High School class of 1939 and was a University of Arizona alumna with a B.A. in Psychology ('42) and M.Ed. ('57). Mrs. Haney was a member of Chapter E of P.E.O. since 1946, a founding member of the U of A College of Education Erasmus Circle (whose members build excellence in the College of Education), the U of A Foundation, along with the President's Club and member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. In 2006, Mrs. Haney and her family honored her mother, Imogene Johnson Myrland, with a gift supporting the U of A Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Norton School's Imogene Johnson Myrland Lobby honors Mrs. Myrland as a pioneer in preschool education in the state of Arizona and an innovator in education, child welfare, parenting and community building. As a teacher in Tucson, Mrs. Haney taught in the TUSD District for 34 years spending several of those years as a supervisory teacher. After noticing a lack of local history in classroom textbooks, she developed classroom activities focusing on Tucson's historical facts and important events. The Tucson-Pima Historical Commission recognized Mrs. Haney for her classroom efforts that have continued to influence generations of Tucsonans and engage the community to be sensitive to its historic preservation. In addition to her local educational contributions, Mrs. Haney was an active member of many organizations, such as; member of the Tucson Symphony Women's Association where she volunteered for many years at their Treasure Shop. She was on the Arizona Historical Society Pathfinders board of directors, a lifetime member of the Tucson High School Badger Foundation, a charter member of the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, a member of the American Ex-Prisoners of War Tucson Chapter along with membership in the Sons of Norway. She was also a long-time member of the First Congregational Church from 1928 until the church was demolished in the 1990s. Mrs. Haney married First Lieutenant Peter Hamlin Waid, a pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corps who was killed in January 1944 during a WWII training exercise. They had one son, Peter Hamlin Waid II born in May of 1944. In 1954, she wed J. William Haney "Bill". Bill was an American WWII prisoner of war held captive in Barth, Germany. He was a certified public accountant for over 40 years in Tucson. They were married 52 years until his death in 2006. Mrs. Haney is survived by her daughter, Jeanelin Haney Barron; grandson, John William Barron and by her son, Peter Hamlin Waid II (his wife, Jerry); grandchildren, Holly (Erick) Freligh, Scott Hamlin Waid, Jessica Chappell (Greg) and great-grandchildren, Maurien (Brian), Lauren, Faith, Ellie and Cole. Those wishing to honor the memory of Prudence Haney may do so with contributions to Tucson Nursery School, Inc., 2385 S. Plumer Avenue, Tucson Arizona 85713. Tucson Nursery School was founded in 1946 by Mrs. Haney's mother, Imogene Myrland and is a nonprofit organization serving children from low-income families (or to the
). At Mrs. Haney's request, there will be no memorial service. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.
Bring's Broadway Chapel
6910 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85710
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Aug. 17, 2014