Myrtle Toman, 87, of Winner, SD passed away on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 at the Winner Regional Long-TermCare Facility in Winner, SD.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 at2 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.
Myrtle LaVonne Gurnsey was born on Oct. 22, 1931 to Fredrick and Bessie (Whitford) Gurnsey at the home of herAunt Anne’s on the White River in Lyman County.
Myrtle’s first home was Okaton, SD but at the age of 5, the family moved to White River, SD where she spent her younger years and attended school. On March 22, 1950, Myrtle was united in marriage to James Toman and moved to a small farm 7 miles north of Carter, SD.
To this union 2 girls were born, Audrey Jean and Wanda Kay.While being a farm wife, Myrtle was a member of the Treadle Tripper Extension Club and Witten Women’s Club.But Thursday afternoons were set aside for bowling.
She bowled for 40 years and enjoyed making many friends along the way. Due to Jim’s health, they sold the farm and moved to White River, SD where they managed the Gas N Git for nine years. Once again, pulling up roots, they moved to Winner, SD in 1990 where Myrtle worked at the Coast to Coast store and the Dakota Inn.
Jim passed away in 1995 and in 1999, Myrtle moved to Aberdeen, SD. There she was active with the Senior Center, learned to play Bridge, and went on many bus tours throughout SD, ND, IA and MN.
She was also a member of the Red Hats enjoying many of their activities. Missing family and friends, Myrtle moved back to Winner, SD.Myrtle’s love was the farm, dancing, playing cards or any game, bowling, trips with friends and most of all, her family.
She is survived by her daughters Audrey Nieman of Winner, SD, Wanda (Cliff) Sinkler of Winner, SD, and one sister Shirley Shade of Barstow, CA. 6 grandchildren; Angela Skogen of Aberdeen, SD, Jennifer (Nathan) Thomas of Parkville, MO, Bradley (Kristi) Nieman of Sioux Falls, SD, Crystal (Bruce) VanDerWerff of Dallas, SD, Clinton (Jen) Nieman of Aberdeen, SD, Austin (Laura) Sinkler of Lawrence, KS, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim, one brother Donald Eklund, 2 sisters, Dorothy (Eklund) Richter and Melvina (Gurnsey) Ours.