Avis R. A. (Mork) “Morky” Meyer, 91, died Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Home in Tyndall.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today at St. John Lutheran Church in Tyndall with the Rev. Dean Schroeder officiating. Burial was in the Tyndall Cemetery.
Avis was born on Feb. 16, 1922 in Montevideo, Minn. to Christine (Berquam) and Albert Mork. She was so tiny that she was taken home by sleigh in a shoebox. She was baptized on April 7, 1922 at the United Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, Minn.
Avis attended country school in Yellow Medicine County until her father, Albert, died in 1928. Her mother, Christine, brother, LeDell and she moved to Granite Falls, Minn., at that time.
Following graduation from Granite Falls High School in 1939, Avis attended Bartron School of Nursing in Watertown, where she earned a degree as a registered nurse in 1943. It was while in nursing school that she acquired the nickname “Morky.”
After graduation she worked as surgical nurse in Montevideo, Minn., from 1943 to 1945 and later in 1945 and 1946 at Methodist Hospital in Mitchell.
On Sept. 10, 1944 Avis married Marvin Henry Meyer at the United Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, Minn. From that day on, you rarely heard one name without the other — “Marv & Morky” were a team like no other. Following the birth of her first child, Avis retired from nursing on a full time basis.
She moved with Marvin to Tyndall in February, 1949. She became active in civic and community affairs being a member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid, a 50 year member of Circle II, a Cub Scout leader, and worked with Meals on Wheels and the Extension Club. She also worked as a volunteer nurse during the administration of the polio vaccine in the mid-1950’s.
She and Marvin were active members of several pinochle clubs and the square dance club.
Morky and Marv were married for 67 years. Marv died Jan, 5, 2012. For their first anniversary they went camping in a tent and that was the beginning of more than 60 years of camping and traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe. Dancing, fishing and gardening were times enjoyed together. She also joined Marv on hunting excursions, including a goose hunting trip in October, 1946 when she was nearly nine-months pregnant.
She is survived by her sons Roger (Van) of Yankton, Larry (Anne) of Yankton, David (Patricia) of Brookings; her daughter Julie (Michael) Heyl of Lincoln, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her brother Roger (Darlene) Mooney of Blaine, Minn.; two brothers-in-law, Delwin (Eloise) Meyer of Huntsville, Ala., and Lon (Miriam) Meyer of Phoenix; and sisters-in-law Selma Mork of Bloomington, Minn., Ruth Elshere of Watertown and Eunice Meyer, South Shore.
She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin; step-father, Charles Mooney; brother, Le Dell (Bud) Mork; and sister, Carol Day.
Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church and The Good Samaritan Society.
Online condolences may be sent at www.goglinfh.com.