Laura E. ‘Betty’ Lyle

By on August 21, 2014
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Laura E. “Betty” Lyle, 89, of Sycamore, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Aug. 12, 2014, at Kishwaukee Hospital, Sycamore.

She was born Nov. 29, 1924, on the Dayton farm, northeast of Maple Park, the daughter of Andrew and Bessie (Emberson) Lyle.

She attended the Thatcher Country School through the eighth grade and graduated from Maple Park High School with the class of 1943.

Following graduation, she worked for several years at the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva, both in the Board of Review Office and the Probate Clerks Office.

She moved to California, where she worked in the Smith/Miller toy plant in Santa Monica, and then for 34 years she was employed by Scott & Scott Printers, Vaughn Printers and Hamilton/Avnet. She returned in 1988 to make her home in Sycamore, where she worked for Gourmet Press and TMC.

Betty was an expert craft maker, knitting blankets, making napkin holders and Kleenex box holders. She specialized in floral arrangements, making beautiful pieces for those around her.

Betty loved playing Bingo with her friends. She didn’t have to win; she just wanted to play.

She never missed a birthday, sending out cards to anyone who crossed her path. You could count on getting a card from Betty, no matter what.

One of Betty’s fondest pastimes was watching the Chicago Bulls. From watching Bob Love to Michael Jordan, Betty was the most loyal of fans. She was never seen without her favorite Bulls jacket.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Los Angeles, the Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Santa Monica, Calif., and a lifetime member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Maple Park.

She is survived by her sister, Frances Marion (Lyle) Bennett of Sycamore; one nephew, Michael Bennett; special cousin and friend, Noel Baker of Las Vegas; as well as cousins, Mary (Floyd) Matheny of Las Vegas, Janet (Steve) Hauser of Hinckley, Helen Faber of North Carolina, Rose (Lee) Mell of North Carolina, Margaret Garbo of Minnesota, Robert Emberson Jr. of DeKalb, Jane (Dean) Quarstrom, Edward (Sue) Emberson, Frank (Kathy) Emberson, and John (Cathy) Emberson, all of DeKalb; Florence (Frank) Schou of Rockford, Ill.; and Dorothy (Carl) Kauffman of Woodstock, Ill.; good friend, Nancy Olsen of Maple Park; and a lifetime of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Hazel Lyle; and one nephew, Ronn Bennett.

Her visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral to celebrate her life will take place Thursday, Aug. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce, Elburn. Rev. Laura Crites, pastor of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will follow at Gardner Cemetery, Maple Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Betty’s name. Checks may be made to the “Grace United Methodist Church” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at