Born Myra Tsipa Qualo on July 4, 1913. She passed on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 and was 95 years old. She lived in Zuni, New Mexico at the time of her death.
Myra in her formative years attended Riverside Sherman Institute in California. She then later worked for Richard and Bernice Vanderwagon.
She had two sons: Byron Nastacio and Elliot Qualo. Elliot Qualo specialized in raised mosaic inlay shell jewelry. He produced one of a kind quality pieces from 1960 to 1970 until his death.
She had three daughters: Lorraine Nastacio, June Qualo and Matilda Qualo.
She was the grandmother of Harlan Coonsis and he credits her with teaching him the art of jewelry making since he was 12 years old.