Trista Marie Meyer, 34, died with her daughter, Shyann, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, as the result of a airplane crash in Sevier County, Utah.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Black Hills in Piedmont, S.D., with the Rev. Steve Biegler officiating. A second service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. James Catholic Church in Chamberlain with the Rev. Guy Blair officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Oacoma, S.D.
She was born June 28, 1978, in Rapid City, S.D., to Roger James and Myra Jean (Harmon) Meyer. She joined her older sister Meridith at home. At an early age, her family moved to Randall, Minn., where three more siblings, Richard, Randy and Tessa joined her.
She attended school in Randall and Little Falls, Minn., and then Sturgis, S.D., where she graduated from high school in 1997. Growing up, she loved sports, cheerleading, 4-H, horse shows, and especially loved animals of any kind. She also loved being outdoors, going hiking and camping. She biked the entire 109-mile Mickelson Trail in South Dakota.
In the last few years she developed a passion for flying, saying she never felt more free than when she was in the air. During high school, she started working at Elk Creek Steakhouse, where she met and married Mark Allan Lenz, and they had a baby girl, Shyann Amy Lenz. She loved her daughter more than anything in the world.
Ms. Meyer was not afraid to try anything and as a result, had many adventures and had many different jobs. Aside from Elk Creek, she worked as a corrections officer for Pennington County Jail, a mail carrier for Black Hills Mail Carriers, and most recently a haul truck operator for Alpha Resources at the Belle Ayre mine in Gillette.
Ms. Meyer is survived by her mother, Myra Fees of Rozet; father, Roger Meyer of Bethel, Minn.; sisters, Meridith Johnson of Gillette, and Tessa Meland and Gina Weyer, both of Sturgis, and Tina Palmer of Scribner, Neb.; brothers, Richard Meyer of Piedmont, S.D., Randy Meyer of Oacoma, S.D., Sean Byboth of Minneapolis and Steven Byboth of Anoka, Minn.; grandmothers, Coleen Short of Piedmont, S.D., Evelyn Meyer of Little Falls, Minn., and Faye Fees of Opal, S.D.; and several nephews and nieces.
Preceding her in death were her grandfathers, Lloyd Short, Edward Meyer and Glenn Harmon.
A memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com. Condolences also may be attached to the obituary on the News Record’s website at www.gillettenewsrecord.com.