Shirley Ann Ilyn (Tryhus) Meyer

Aug. 12, 1931 - Nov. 7, 2019


Shirley Ann Ilyn

(Tryhus), age 88 of Scotts-

dale, Arizona, passed

away November 7, 2019

after a courageous battle

with cancer. Shirley was

born August 12, 1931 to

Alvin and Sylvia (Rost-

vedt) Tryhus in Minot,

ND. She graduated from

Minot Model High School

and attended Minot State

Teachers College. On a

blind date, she met the

love of her life, Damian

John (Butch) Meyer. They

married in 1950. They

raised their four children

in Grand Forks and Fargo,

ND, and then moved to

Scottsdale, AZ in 1979.

In the early 1970’s Shir-

ley was very proud of

owning The Denim Works

clothing store located in

Block 6, Fargo, ND. She

was active in local politics

and devoted her time sup-

porting all her children’s

extra-curricular activities

and endeavors in Fargo

public schools. She was

active with her friends in

bridge clubs, potlucks,

bowling and couples

dance clubs over the

years. Shirley and Butch’s

home was always filled

with music, especially

during the holidays. Their

love for music was cer-

tainly passed on to their

children and each new


Shirley and Butch sum-

mered at a cottage on Lake

Melissa, in Detroit Lakes,

MN. Cherished lake visits

were the focus of many

family gatherings over the

past 50 years.

Upon moving to Arizo-

na, she became a realtor

with John Hall & Associ-

ates. In addition to being a

top real estate agent in

sales, she managed many

rental properties and kept

her license even after her

retirement in 2009.

She was truly a force in

this life, with pure joy

and pride for her family.

She was an incredible

mom, grandmother and

great grandmother, who

loved her family above all

and was happiest when

they were all together. Al-

ways in style, Shirley was

a true beauty at every age.

She took great interest in

what was going on in the

world, was an avid sports

fan and loved connecting

with family and friends,

especially through Face-

book. She has touched so

many lives and fond

memories of her will live

on in all of us for years to


The family would like

to extend special thanks

to her wonderful care-

giver, Deanna, the atten-

tive staff at West Drive Sr.

Living and Hospice of the


Shirley was preceded

in death by her parents,

her husband, Butch, and

her sister, Janice (Tryhus)

West. She is survived by

her children, Bruce (Janet)

Meyer, of St Louis Park,

Mn, Jayne Meyer Hough-

ton, of Scottsdale, AZ, Jef-

frey (Alison) Meyer, of

Scottsdale, AZ, and Lisa

(Greg) Cole, of Scottsdale,

AZ. 12 grandchildren,

John (Jill) Meyer, Scott

(Julia) Meyer, Daniel

Meyer, Stephen (Amanda)

Houghton, Laura Hough-

ton, Lindsay (Aaron) Feld-

berg, Austin Meyer, Philip

Meyer, Zachary Meyer,

Justin (Megan) Cole, Ash-

ley Cole, and Dylan Cole;

and 10


A Memorial Service

will be held at 2pm on

Monday, December 16, at

Ascension Lutheran

Church, 7100 N Lincoln

Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ

85253. Greetings with the

family to begin at 1pm.

An additional Celebra-

tion of Life will be held

next summer at the family

cottage on Lake Melissa,

Detroit Lakes, MN, under

her favorite willow tree.

Interment will be at Fort

Snelling National

Cemetery in Minneapolis,

MN, next to her husband,

who was a Veteran of the

Korean War.

In lieu of flowers,

memorials preferred to

Ascension Lutheran

Church(above) or Shore-

ham Chapel, Shoreham,

MN. Addressed to 6817

Point Drive, Edina MN