Phyllis Catherine (Lane) Marts, age 82 of Bonesteel, SD, gained a heavenly home on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018 at the Burke Community Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were held on June 1 at the Bonesteel City Hall at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Annie Henninger officiating. Burial was in the Rosebud Cemetery of Bonesteel.
Phyllis was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 19, 1935 to Walter and Marie Lane with 4 brothers and a sister.
After getting the name of an active Air Force member from her neighborhood friend, Phyllis wrote letters back and forth to Ralph Marts for 2 years. They met and were later married Nov. 19, 1955. They also shared June 19 as their birthday. Phyllis left electricity and indoor plumbing at her Ohio home to find a home on the prairie without these necessities! They raised 7 children; 5 boys and 2 girls, on the family ranch north of Bonesteel. She enjoyed attending her kids and grandkids school activities, excelled at league bowling, was an avid card player and always enjoyed a good baseball game or western movie.
She loved to crochet pot holders as gifts for all she met. She took great care in choosing their favorite choice of colors. Many were mascot colors for her college bound grandchildren and their friends. Any gifts she received were deeply cherished, loved, and displayed. She attended many Cincinnati Reds baseball games and acquired several autographs from players (George Foster, Pete Rose) and manager (Sparky Anderson). She was a dedicated “Reds” fan.
Phyllis was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church and The Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years. She held many offices at both the local and state levels and enjoyed many lasting friendships.
She worked as postmaster relief for the USPS for a number of years before retirement.
Two short months ago, March 2018, Phyllis was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and began chemo treatments with the hope of a cure. She was surrounded by loved ones as she passed away suddenly from a cardio-pulmonary event.
Phyllis is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph of 38 years of marriage, her father, Walter, her mother Marie, her brother, Allen (Marlys), and sister, Laura Maher (Walter).
Phyllis is survived by her 3 brothers: Walter (Patricia), Thomas (Mary Ann), Gregory (Beverly) Lane; 7 children: Lee (Beverly) Marts, Troy, Ohio; Dr. Pamela (Jerry) Moore, Artesian, SD; Cliff (Brenda) Marts, Ignacio, Colorado; Edwin (Dr. Teresa) Marts, Winner, SD; Mary (David) Jones, Burke, SD; David Marts, Bonesteel, SD and friend (Carey); Glen (Lisa) Marts, Canton, Georgia; 22 grand children: Bret (Vanessa) Marts; Rachelle and Dillon Moore; Tiffany, Janelle, Erin, Richard, Kelly, Ryan (Tessa) and Reed Marts; Trevor and Travis Hickens; Samantha and Abigail Marts; Suzanne (Joel) Jones Pranger, Lindsey (Joseph) McCarthy and Jordan Jones; Kelsi (Bryan) Fuentes, Derik (Bianca) and Karli Marts; Talen and Teegan Marts; 8 great grandchildren: Isla, Isaac, Kaelyn, Reagan, Emily, Felicity, Colton and Veyron “Rad.”