Dorothy Jean Tyler

Dorothy Jean "Bunny" Tyler, 79, Rapid City died Nov. 1, 2008 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Bunny was born March 20, 1929, in Sioux City, IA, to Wilhelm (Bill) Monson and Verna Fletcher. She had one brother, Dick Smikle, and one sister, Ruth Ann Petty. Her parents, brother and sister all preceded her in death.

Bunny spent her younger years in Kennebec, SD, and then moved to Rapid City with her family where she graduated from Rapid City High School in 1947. After graduation Bunny attended MacMurry College in Jacksonville, IL, for two years.

On May 22, 1949, she married Raymond Tyler. They we blessed with four daughters. During her marriage to Ray, they owned and operated National Van Lines and then Black Hills Mayflower Moving and Storage.

Bunny was very active in Business and Professional Women, Toastmasters, Zonta Club of the Black Hills and SCORE. She was a world traveler and enjoyed trips to Africa, Australia, Norway, Russia and many other parts of the world. She most loved being with her family and friends through years of camping and spending time at the family's cabin in the Black Hills.

Grateful for having shared her life are her partner and friend, Bev Ambrose, daughters, Carol Trueba and husband, Ken, of Corvallis, OR, Kathryn (Kitty) Tyler and husband, Cliff Dodd, of Cape Coral, FL, Kris Sammons and husband, Mark, of Midland, SD, and Kelly Tyler and husband, Kent, Husefest of Stavanger, Norway: Bev's son, Sean and daughter Gwen, six grandchildren, Teresa Bellinger, Amy Knudson, Angela Meisman, Teri Lambert, Niklas Husefest and Kasper Husefest: three step grandchildren, Brooke, Casey and Megan Sammons; six great- grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.

Services were held Wednesday, November 5, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home.

A memorial has been established with the Zonta Club of the Black Hills to help in the education of young women.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.behrenswilson.com