Myrtle Luella (Loucks) Stutzman was born near Canton on May 9, 1924, the daughter of Joseph S and Clara (Bitikofer) Loucks.
The ninth of ten children, she grew up on the family farm and attended a rural school and Canton High School. She was graduated from Hesston Academy in 1948. She trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse through Kansas City, Mo., General Hospital.
She was a membership of the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church near Hesston, which relocated to Hesston as Whitestone Mennonite Church.
Myrtle was married to Orville Stutzman, Feb. 12, 1959, at Spring Valley Mennonite Church, and made their home in Goessel.
In 1967 the family moved to Hesston, and Myrtle became deeply involved with a children‘s Wednesday evening Bible Memory Program. She and Orville were also active in the Newton, Kansas chapter of the Gideons International. In the early 1970s she returned to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Bethel Home for the Aged in Newton, retiring in1985.
In July 2009 following an illness she became a resident of Schowalter Villa where she resided until her death.
Survivors include husband, Orville, daughters Twila Chaloupek and Bonita (Gene) Stoddard, Carol (George) Donovan, and son Kent; seven grandchildren, one sister, Vera Diener and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers: Ernest, Phares, Vernon and Charlie; and four sisters: Mildred (Rhine Benner), Erma (Clyde Jantz), Marjorie (Knight), and Ethel (James Posar).
A visitation was held Wednesday, July 23, from 6 to 8 at Miller-Ott Funeral Home in Hesston.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Cemetery near Hesston.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Gideon's International or Schowalter Villa and may be sent in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 107 S. Lancaster, Hesston, KS 67062