Myra J. Starkey
Myra J. Starkey, age 66, of Wessington Springs died Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at the Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket.
Myra Dolezal Starkey was born November 8, 1949 in Pierre, S.D., to Frank and Lillian Dolezal. She lived her childhood years in the Draper area, where she graduated high school in Draper in 1968. Myra started her early adult life in nursing at the Mary House where she met her first husband, Bill Mitchell. They were married October 1970 until March 1978, when Bill passed away. Myra then married the love of her life, Larry Starkey on July 22, 1978. Three children were blessed from their marriage; Terry in July 1979, Luke in May 1983 and Laretta in September 1987. Larry and Myra lived most of their married life in the Jerauld and Beadle county area. Myra worked for many years as a CNA at the Weskota Manor and an honorary dishwasher at the Springs Inn until 2011. After 2011, she stayed at home until July 2012 where she moved to Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket, S.D., due to her fight with Alzheimers.
Myra was a kind and caring person to all who knew her. There was never a person she would not stop and ask about their day. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, and bowling. She was involved in the Helping Hands Club for 30 years, where she enjoyed sewing and socializing with family and friends.
Grateful for having shared her life her husband Larry, her children, Terry (Amy) Starkey of Stover, Missouri, Luke Starkey of Wessington Springs, and Laretta (Austin) McPeek of Mitchell; grandchildren Jori and Josee McPeek and Cheyanne Starkey; mother Lillian Dolezal; sister Jeanette Raymond, niece Judy Mills, nephew Sheldon Mills, and many special family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Frank Dolezal; mother and father-in-law Delton and Pauline Starkey, and aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 24 at the First Methodist Church in Pierre.