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Myrna O. Coyle

Myrna 0. Coyle, 95, a well known local educator and artist, died July 25, 2009, at The Summit At Westlake Hills Retirement Community in Austin, TX.

Myrna, a long time resident of Rapid City, relocated to Austin, TX, in 2008.

Myrna was born to David and Beulah Carpenter at Fedora, SD, on December 29,1913. She attended both rural and town schools at Fedora graduating from high school there in 1931. She attended the University of South Dakota at Vermillion and Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell where she received her South Dakota State Teaching Certificate. She taught three years in the Fedora and Howard, SD, areas before moving to Rapid City.

She was married to Robert A. Kimber in 1935 and continued her teaching in the Cleghorn area schools at Rapid City. After Robert's death in 1950, Myrna continued her education at Black Hills State University in Spearfish where she received her B.S. in Education and Art. She continued to teach in the Rapid City area schools for many years.

She attended numerous workshops and summer schools at Black Hills State while working towards a master's degree.

Myrna married William V. Coyle, August 8, 1953, and took an active part in the faculty wives club of SDSMT where William was Civil Engineering Department Head. Myrna and Bill were together nearly 50 years before his death in 2002.

She was an active member of the Rapid City Education Association, South Dakota Education Association, N.E.A, American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma and Retired Teachers Association. She was a charter member of both the Rapid City Art Association and the Dakota Artists Guild.

Myrna was well known for her art ability and won honors for her work at both state and local levels. After retiring Myrna taught art at both the Canyon Lake and the Minneluzahan Senior Centers. Her paintings can be found in many local as well as out of state homes.

Myrna retired after teaching 50 years in the Rapid City Elementary Schools, 36 of those years at Canyon Lake Elementary. She continued as a substitute teacher for another fifteen years. Myrna loved being with "those little people" as she often commented. Myrna was honored twice (1975 and 1977) with the Best Teaching Award in Classroom Instruction. She was also named Outstanding Member of the American Association of University Women. After retirement she remained active in all of her club activities. Myrna was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church, Myrna was a trendsetter in both education and art Her gentle nature and friendship touched the lives of many. She was admired by children of all ages.

Myrna was always grateful for her family, friends and former students for enriching her life. Myrna will truly be missed. Myrna was preceded in death by her parents, David and Beulah Carpenter, two sisters, Lois Lambert and Doris Clark, brother, Ronald Carpenter; and her two husbands, Robert Kimber and William Coyle. Myrna is survived by brother-in-law, John "Buddy" Coyle, Philip, SD; four sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Coyle, Belle Fourche. SD, Sharon Coyle, Philip, SD, Dorothy Heidler, Faith, SD, and Patricia Shaffer, Centennial, CO; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7p.m., Friday July 31, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 1, at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bob Evans officiating.

Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Bill and Myrna Coyle Scholarship Fund, South Dakota School of Mines Foundation Office, 501 E. St. Joe Street, Rapid City, SD.

An online guestbook is available at www.osheimschmidt.com.