Myrtle “Mert” A. Stotz was born in White Lake SD on October 15, 1931 to Charles and Pearl (Keller) Byrd. Mert graduated from high school in Mitchell SD and also finished a one year Business Continuation course at Notre Dame in Mitchell. Mert and her sister, Betty, worked at a laundry in Mitchell while in high school. Mert was also employed by the Singer Sewing Machine Company in Mitchell, Newberry’s in Mitchell and the Federal Land Bank in Mitchell from where she retired. On July 23, 1951 she married Edmund Stotz in Mitchell. Mert was an avid member of Resurrection Lutheran Church. Mert enjoyed spending time at Goodwill stores, pawn shops, working on her lawn, flowers and going to casinos when possible. She enjoyed her family get togethers, going to coffee and sitting by the table for a good chat. Anyone that knew Mert always commented how easy it was to visit with her.
Mert is survived by her children: Sharon Toupal and Randy (Mary) Stotz, both of Mitchell; her sisters: Betty (Don) Sterner, Brooklyn Center MN; Gayle (Robert) Norwick, Mitchell; brothers: Dennis (Joan) Byrd, Kenneth (Joyce) Byrd both of Mitchell; several nieces and nephews; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.
Mert was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, her parents, Charles and Pearl Byrd, brothers, Duane and Dwight Byrd and infant brother, Ronald.