Myrna J. VanMeveren, age 92, of Madison, South Dakota, went home to the Lord on Sunday,
March 3, 2024.

Myrna Jean (Behl) VanMeveren was born on February 11, 1932, on a farm near Toeterville,
Iowa, to Rosaline (Groth) and Paul Behl. She was baptized as an infant, and on May 12, 1946,
she was confirmed in her faith at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar, lowa. She
attended school at Rural 5 through the eighth grade and high school in Plymouth, Iowa,
graduating in 1950.

On June 29, 1952, she married Paul R. Haugen at Immanuel Lutheran Church. To this union,
seven children were born: Dennis (Pat) Haugen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Steven (Cindy)
Haugen of Denton, Texas; Vicki (Randy) White of Lennox, South Dakota; Pam West of Brandon,
South Dakota; Sherry (Paul) Weist of Madison, South Dakota; Jackie (Scott) Heinssen of Sioux
Falls, South Dakota; and Roxie (Brad) Ebdrup of Madison, South Dakota.
On November 27, 1975, she married Allen VanMeveren and moved to Colman, South Dakota.
To this union, one son was born, Jeremy VanMeveren of Brookings, South Dakota. She also
became a stepmother to Allen's three children, Valerie, Greg and John.

Myrna was very secure in her faith and used her Godly talents as a piano and organ player at
Midway Lutheran Church in rural Flandreau for over 20 years. She played for church services,
numerous weddings, funerals and special events.
Myrna always claimed that the best years of her life were raising her children. She enjoyed
hosting large family gatherings, playing cards, sewing and spending as much time as possible
with her three sisters.

Myrna is survived by her eight children, three stepchildren, 15 grandchildren and 11 great-
grandchildren; her sister Lois Morris of Mason City, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews and
extended family members.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sisters Maxine Gunderson and
Jeanette Armstrong, her son-in-law Rick West, her infant grandson Richard West Jr., her four
brothers-in-law Dean Morris, LaVerne Gunderson, Guy VanMeveren and Evan VanMeveren;
and her three sisters-in-law Audrey Thompson, Betty Radke and Lula Mariner.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Thursday, March 7 th at Midway Lutheran Church, rural
Colman with Rev. David Bacon officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Burial
will be in the church cemetery. Online guestbook is at The
funeral will be livestreamed on the funeral chapel Facebook page. Arrangements are entrusted
with Rustand-Weiland Funeral Chapel.

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