Myrtle Maxine Trent


August 25, 1931 – August 6, 2020

Myrtle Maxine Trent, 88, of Hot Springs, S.D., passed away August 6, 2020, at Seven Sisters Living Center in Hot Springs. 

Myrtle was born August 25, 1931 in Asp, Nebraska, the first of six children born to Elisha (Pete) LeLaCheur and Fern LeLaCheur (Evans). As a small child, her parents moved to South Dakota where she attended school at the McClelland School in Custer County, until her parents moved to Hot Springs in December 1942. Through the years she also attended school briefly in Riverton, Wyoming and Newell, South Dakota. She graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1949.

 Myrtle married Dewey Trent on March 25, 1950 in the Methodist parsonage in Rapid City, S.D. They lived in Oelrichs, S.D. until March 1955 when they moved to the ranch northwest of Oelrichs where Dewey farmed and ranched and worked for Lorenz Brothers in dirt moving construction. In March, 1962 they moved back to Oelrichs when Dewey became the Standard Oil agent for the area. Dewey purchased the oil business from Standard in 1976. They were blessed with three sons, Melvin, and twins, Ronald and Donald.

 Myrtle was a member of the Oelrichs United Methodist Church (later Prairie View United Methodist Church) and was active in the United Methodist Women. She served for many years as secretary-treasurer for the Pioneer Cooperative Grazing District, treasurer for the City of Oelrichs, as well as bookkeeper for Trent Oil Company until the business closed in 2011.

 Myrtle’s hobbies included ceramics and crocheting. Family and friends were often gift recipients of her creative work. With her first diagnoses of cancer in 1996, she started collecting angel figurines and enjoyed telling who had given her which angel. She also had numerous photo albums of family members, which she would proudly show off to visitors.

 Myrtle was a devoted wife and mother, supporting her sons in all school activities and later her grandchildren. When Dewey entered hospice in Rapid City in January 2012, she spent only the first night at home then “moved” into his hospice room until his passing in December 2012. In the fall of 2013, Myrtle broke her hip, and moved from her home in Oelrichs to Pine Hills Assisted Living in Hot Springs, SD. After her third bout with cancer in November 2018, she moved in to the Seven Sisters Living Center in Hot Springs, where she resided until her death.

 Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dewey; sisters, Joyce Lorenz and Betty Stevens; brothers, Roscoe LeLaCheur and Frank LeLaCheur; grandson, Brandon Trent; and an infant great grandson.

Myrtle is survived by her sons, Melvin (Mary) Trent of Rapid City; Ron (Cindy) Trent of Oelrichs; Don Trent of Houston, Mo.; brother Donnie LeLaCheur of Coffeyville, Ks; grandsons, Justin Trent, Kenneth Trent, Kevin Trent, Casey Trent, Devon Trent; granddaughter Angela Trent; seven greatgrandchildren, numerous relatives and a host of friends

Visitation was held from 4:00 p.m. to  6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, S.D.

Funeral service were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 10, 2020, at Prairie View United Methodist Church in Smithwick, S.D. with committal services following at Hillside Cemetery in Oelrichs.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Fall River County Herald Star

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