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Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 3:36 pm

Myrtle "Betty" Byrne, age 93, of Madison, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Tieszen Memorial Home in Marion, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Friday, May 10th at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Madison, SD with Father DeWayne Kayser as the Celebrant. Visitation will be 5-7 PM on Thursday at Weiland Funeral Chapel with a prayer service at 7 PM. Visitation will continue on Friday from 9:30-10:15 AM at Weiland Funeral Chapel followed by procession to the church for Mass. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Madison.

Myrtle Amelia Byrne was born in Lake County on January 21st, 1926 to George and Myrtle (Thompson) Lingbeck. After attending school in Winfred, SD, she married William Sylvester Byrne on September 9, 1944 in Pipestone, Minnesota. Myrtle moved to Illinois and Wisconsin in response to William being drafted into the Navy during World War II and his subsequent deployment to the Atlantic Ocean. During her husband's absence, in service to the nation, Myrtle worked in grocery stores and saved her earnings for their future farming venture in South Dakota.

After the war, both Myrtle and William returned to Lake County and began farming in Orland Township, where they farmed until 1978. They continued to enjoy the serenity of country living on the farm until 1991 when they moved to Madison to be closer to family and medical services.

In retirement, Betty enjoyed such things as gardening, playing cards, and visiting family and friends whenever and wherever the possibility presented itself. Betty was a faithful Christian woman who placed the value of family and friends very high on her list of priorities. She loved life and watching things grow, whether in her garden or in the eyes of young children. Myrtle was a kind woman that had a way of making people laugh when she offered constructive criticism and yet would cry alongside those who weep. Her witticisms were only outpaced by her ability to love.

Myrtle is survived by her son, James Michael (Victoria) Byrne; two grandsons, James (Becky) and Jason (Jamie); and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Sylvester Byrne; four brothers, Harold, Clarence, Palmer and Joe; one sister, Ethel Pecks; and her parents.

Online registry book is available at www.weilandfuneralchapel.com. Memorials can be directed to: Sioux Falls Ministry Center, c/o Tapestry International Ministry, 225 E. 11th St., Suite 100, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.