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.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 12, 2014.