Myrna L. Valentine, 81 of Senecaville passed away peacefully Monday, February 21, 2022, in the comfort of her home with her devoted husband Don of 65 years and her family by her side. She was born on November 5th, 1940, in Pleasant City, Ohio to the late Robert Phillips and Virginia Watson Milton. She graduated from Byesville high school.
At 16 she met Don, the love of her life, and eloped in Indiana. She worked for eighteen years at Westinghouse in Byesville and retired from Encore Plastics as the office manager also after eighteen years.
After winning a talent contest performing Coal Miner’s Daughter she created her band, Myrna Valentine and the Country Hearts. She and her “guys” as she called them played together for over twenty years. Myrna had many followers who never missed a performance. She traveled to many venues to perform including the Capitol Music Hall, the National Grand Ole Opry Talent Search of Nashville of which she placed in the top 10 and opened for country singers George Jones and Little Jimmy Dickens. She had a full and busy life that included traveling, bowling, card club, crafts, painting, singing karaoke with her family, and volunteering. She was a founding member of the Byesville Civic Club which produced the annual Jamboree in the Field, a board member of the Byesville Scenic Railroad, and involved with Secret Santa and food drives throughout the years. She was a member of the VFW Euchre Club and the Cambridge Moose. She and Don traveled the country, but her two favorite places were anywhere in Florida and her yearly girls trip to Myrtle Beach with her best friends of over fifty years.
The family sends thanks to Hospice for the quiet, gentle care they gave to her. There are not enough thank yous and gratitude to the many who offered care, prayer, and companionship while she battled lung cancer. She loved having every one of you spend time with her.
Preceded in death and waiting to welcome her into loving arms is her father Robert Phillips, mother Virginia Watson Milton, stepfather O.W Milton, and granddaughter Devan Duniver. Left to forever miss and treasure her memory is the love of her life, Don Valentine, daughters Kitrina (Mitch) Mazaher, Lori Valentine, and Jill (Eric) Best, her grandchildren Dylan Duniver,
Cole Mazaher, Madigan Mazaher, Ty Burris, and great-grandson Danzig Duniver. Her sisters, and forever best friends Beverly (Gary) Grimes, Connie Holder, her brother Mick (Mary Ann) Phillips, many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Her lifelong friends Peggy Cain, Sharon Studenc, Marylin Buffington, Dotty Warden Eyon, and Barbara Ellison. Her many compassionate neighbors who helped in too many ways to mention and her Euchre friends.
Funeral services will be held at Senecaville United Methodist Church on Thursday, February 24,
2022 at 11am. Officiating the service will be Pastor Nancy Parsons. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, from 4pm to 8pm. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery