Myra Katzen Levenson of Tucson, AZ, and Mill Valley, CA, died at age 84 on November 4.
Myra found her true joy in connecting with family and friends, talking about everything, and making new connections with people. Her other true passions were classical music and art.
Born and raised in West Hartford, CT, Myra grew to love both Tucson and the San Francisco Bay Area, as she lived in each for nearly 30 years.
Myra was a 1961 graduate of Wellesley College and earned an MEd at Harvard. She moved to Tucson in 1969 with her first husband, Dr. Alan Levenson, and their two young children, Jon and Nancy. In addition to raising her family, Myra worked for many years as a marriage and family therapist. She was active in the Tucson Jewish community and was a founder of Congregation Chaverim in the early 1970s.
At age 52, Myra moved to San Francisco to begin a new career, enrolling at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law. She earned a JD, was admitted to the California Bar and practiced social security disability law for nearly 20 years. She also remained active in social service organizations, including serving as Chair of the Marin County Mental Health Board for three years.
Shortly after arriving in San Francisco, she met Gerry H. Goldsholle, a lawyer and former insurance executive, whom she married in 1996. They enjoyed learning about and exploring the world together, traveling extensively and blending their families. In addition to Gerry, Myra is survived by sister Luise Levy, children Jon Levenson, Nancy Levenson, Gary Goldsholle, and Jill Yonover, and grandchildren Jack and Sophie Levenson, Evan and Andrew Goldsholle, and Jack and Mason Yonover.
A memorial service will be held in Tucson in late December.