Marie Tyler and her husband, Jim, owned and operated Tyler's JJ Ranch in Bismarck and they were the first to raise Santa Gertrudis cattle in the state. They were also among the first to raise and show Quarter Horses in the state as well. Tyler served as treasurer for the National Livestock and Meat Board, the first woman to ever serve as an officer of this board, and she was the first woman to chair a committee of the American National Cattlemen’s Association, where she headed the industry relations committee. In addition, she served as president of the North Dakota Cowbelle and the National Cowbelles, director of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, director of the Miss Rodeo North Dakota Pageant and a director of the North Dakota Beef Council.
Some of her honors and accomplishments include being named 1973's Outstanding Woman of the Year for Agriculture in North Dakota, and honorary membership in the North Dakota Stockmen's Association for outstanding service. In 1976 Tyler was the first woman honored by the NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club. Tyler was also active in many civic organizations until later in life, when her health restricted many of her activities. She passed away recently in Bismarck.
Year Inducted: 2002