Vyra M. Masters, 99, of Canton, Minn., died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea, Minn. Funeral  services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12, at the Canton -Scotland Presbyterian Church in Canton, with Rev. LeRoy Haynes officiating. Burial was in the Burr Oak Cemetery. Visitation was 9:30 - 11 a.m., Saturday, at the church. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel, Minn. mengisfuneralhome.com.

Vyra Mae Dawley was born at the family home a few miles southwest of Burr Oak Dec. 14, 1914, to Charles and Cordelia (Crane) Dawley, the 11th of 12 children. She attended the Lost Nation and Coldwater Schools and was a member of the Burr Oak Clever Clover 4-H Club. After graduating from 8th grade, she worked at home and cared for nephews and nieces when needed. She was united in marriage to Victor Masters Jan. 14, 1939, at the Methodist Church in Decorah. They farmed near Canton, retiring in 1967 and moving into Canton. Vyra worked at Green Lea Manor in Mabel for 19 years, and then as a home healthcare aid for five years. She travelled throughout the United States on tours, played cards, did crossword puzzles, quilted and read the Bible daily. When she was young, she attended the Advent Christian Church in Burr Oak, and was a 61-year member of Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church.

Vyra is survived by son, Darrell (Bette) Masters, of Canton; daughters, Darlene Casterton of Albert Lea, and Marian Masters (Darrel Zweifel) of Bullhead City, Ariz.; grandchildren: Alan (Amy) Casterton, Angela (Craig) Padgett, Gary (Melissa Maloney) Masters, Terry (Michelle) Masters, Kelly (Cristi Schulte) Masters, and Jana (Brock Elton) Masters; great-grandchildren: Loren (Britt) Lynch, Natassja Elliott, Brockton (Cara) Casterton, Dakota and Phoenix Shephard, Cara, Hannah, Justin, and Brian Masters, Collin and Cole Tweten, Abby, Blake, and Hayden Hansen; sisters-in-law Ellen Dawley and Betty Dawley; and many nephews and nieces.  

Vyra was preceded in death by her husband, Victor, in 1979; grandson, David Casterton; son-in-law, Raymond Draayer; parents, Charles and Cordelia Dawley; brothers: Edwin (Leona) Dawley, Thomas Dawley, Clarence (Esther) Dawley, Harry (June and Agnes) Dawley, John (Edna) Dawley, Jesse (Cecelia) Dawley, Roscoe Dawley and Clifford Dawley; sisters: Mabel (Lewis) Brandt, Grace (Justin Brown and Kenneth) Morgan, and Lottie (Ecil) Good; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Guy and Edna (Morrison) Masters; brothers-in-law, Lyle (Sena) Masters and Howard (Norma) Masters; sisters-in-law: Nellie Masters, Vera (Clarence) Hovey and Ethel (Henry) Mastellar.