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MYRTLE NOLA YOUNG, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 from natural causes. Born in Morehead, Ky. in 1924, a daughter of Pearl and Henry S. Alfrey. While pneumonia took the life of her father, she was primarily raised by her mother and stepfather, Martin Klug. Myrtle retired from Seyferts foods in 1989 but remained their tour guide until they closed the plant. Her notoriety as "Fort Wayne's Potato Chip Lady" began in 1985 when she appeared as a guest on the David Letterman and Johnny Carson Shows. Her discovery and collection of the different shapes and sizes of potato chips resembling items, animals and a few famous peoples profiles grew and resulted in 43 television shows and interviews; some of which took her overseas. Surviving are her daughter, Marilyn Young (Wayne) Wiles; two granddaughters, Pamela Tracy and Autumn Stanek; and a step-grandson, Spencer Wiles all of Fort Wayne; one sister, Gladys Spencer of Dayton, Ohio; and one brother, Martin Klug Jr. of Ossian; also surviving are many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine A. Tracy; and recently, son-in-law, Robert Tracy II; siblings, Grace Burris, Bernice Johnson, Norma Barrand and Cletus Alfrey. Service is 11 a.m. Thursday at Joy Fellowship Church, 109 Moeller Road, New Haven, with calling one hour prior. Pastor Mathias Snodderly officiating. Visitation also from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial following the service at Covington Memorial Gardens. Preferred memorials to the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry.

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 12, 2014.
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August 26, 2014
You always made us laugh as kids. Rest in Peace Aunt Myrtle!
Debbie Collar Young-Watritsch
August 25, 2014
My sweet Great-Aunt Myrtle, I love you & will miss you so much!! Her sister, Bernice, was my Grandma. I send my deepest sympathy to Marilyn & the rest of our family. I last visited with Aunt Myrtle about 4 years ago. We sent x-mas cards back & forth to each other every year. She also sent me pictures of her & Johnny Carson & her with other famous people she met on her potato chip collection journey she had. Love, Stacy, Keith, Tim & Chad Miller
Stacy Miller
August 14, 2014
Truly a wonderful Lady. I we were introduced to Myrtle in 1989 as Marilyn escorted myself and Actor/Musician Tommy Sands to her home. We had coffee and chatted for a few hours. She showed off her "Chip" collection with Pride. A Beautiful Day with 2 Beautiful Lady's. You will be missed.
John Lumpkin
August 13, 2014
Myrtle was one of the sweetest people I know. She and I worked together for a while at Seyfert's doing tours. She was the person you saw on Johnny Carson. She will live on in our memories. Thanks for allowing me to get to know you. God Bless.
Linda Mitchell
August 13, 2014
Nick, Lisa, Kaleb & Emily Herron
August 12, 2014
Aunt Myrtle brought much happiness and laughter to millions of people. She was a special lady. We are keeping you and your family in our prays Marilyn. God bless. Love, Phyllis, Gladys and Donna
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