Myrtle Thomas, age 88, of Wanblee, S.D., died Sunday, December 19, 2010, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Myrtle Cayler was born on September 29, 1922, in White River, S.D., to John and Mollie (Guild) Cayler. She grew up and went to school in the Wanamaker area. After attending school through the eighth grade she stayed at home to take care of her mother. She then worked at Cedar Pass Lodge and later worked at the Headlee Store where she met Raymond Thomas.
She married Raymond Thomas on October 5, 1940, in Rapid City. They ranched on Bear Creek where they raised their three children. She was active in the neighborhood Sunday School, square dancing, Shriners, card parties and monthly birthday club. Myrtle loved her Hereford cows, enjoyed gardening, being outside and watching the birds out her kitchen window.
She continued to live at the ranch until she moved into the Philip Nursing Home in February of 2009 due to failing health.
Myrtle was a member of the Kadoka Presbyterian Church, Eastern Star and the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.
Survivors include her two sons, Terry (Brenda) Thomas of Interior, Paul Thomas of Wanblee; one daughter, Nancy (Buster) Peterson of Kadoka; seven grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and three sisters, Minnie Jones of Paradise, Calif., Annie Kuhnau of Longview, Wash., and Betty Johnson of Yankton; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband A. Raymond Thomas on October 9, 1994, her parents, five brothers and six sisters.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 23, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Music will be provided by Jean Weller, pianist, Lyndy Ireland and Joyce Wheeler, vocalists. Ushers are Steve Arment and Mark Slovek. Pallbearers are Roger Porch, Walter Simmons, Scott Boomer, Sterling Riggins, Jay Vogelgesang and Dale Guptill.
Interment will be at the Kadoka Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is established.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com