Merlyn Janet Magner
1952 - 2021

Merlyn Janet Magner

ROGERS, Ark. | Merlyn Janet Magner, beloved daughter, sister and friend, passed away on November 14th, 2021, in Rogers, Arkansas. Merlyn was born in Flint, Michigan on September 29, 1952, and grew up in Rapid City. She was the sole surviving member of her family who perished in the Rapid City flood of 1972. Her remaining brother died in 1991. She was a talented writer and published author, having written a memoir of the traumatic events of the flood and her search for peace in the years after. She carried a depth of loss in her heart for her family throughout her life even as she lived it to the fullest, following her passion for international travel and experiencing life in often exotic destinations. She was a storyteller. Her words could transport you to the heart of the places she had been. Merlyn loved music and had a beautiful voice that will be remembered singing her favorite songs and telling her stories. Her affection for animals was legendary, especially Mr. Wheatie, her cherished Golden Retriever. She loved the people in her circle fiercely. She reminded us "to savor each moment, the people in your life, to laugh, be at peace. And, of course, to love. At the end of the day, it is all we take with us, what survives everything." Merlyn was preceded in death by her father William, mother Norma, and brothers Jeff and Bill. She is survived by her longtime partner, Tom Guindon of Holiday Island, Arkansas.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Rapid City in June 2022.

Published by Rapid City Journal on Nov. 24, 2021.
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Merlyn´s book and story are incredible! The writing superb. I believe I own the land next to the "sacred spot" of her family home and am familiar with the hearth, plus some of Merlyn´s high school friends and neighbors. My sympathies to Tom. I was hoping to interview and photograph Merlyn for another book. I am grateful for her detailed biography.
Johnny Sundby
December 9, 2021
Oh, my dear friend! So heartbroken to see this news of your journey onward. All my love and comfort to all your friends and those who loved you. Special hugs to Tom and family. I will miss you so much, Merlyn! I will keep the front row seat to the `show´ beside me empty until we meet again. Love you so much!
Tonia MacMillan
November 29, 2021
Remembering Mern as a beautiful, warm, and strong young woman.
Todd Van Alstyne
November 28, 2021
Very sorry to Hear about merlyn Always enjoyed seeing Her
Lynn delameter
November 24, 2021
What Great memories I will cherish from having Merlyn as a friend in grade school. I loved going to her house- they always treated me so nice!! So sad to lose such a wonderful person!! RIP dear Merlyn
Val Staton
November 24, 2021
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