Lyle "Tinker" Maier Bayle
Lyle Vivian Maier was born on September 29, 1930, the only child of Vivian Sydney Mason and Henry Bayer Maier in New Orleans. During her high school years she was given the nickname "Tinker" by which she has been known throughout her life. At age 16, she
entered Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she pledged Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She graduated with a B.S. degree in home economics with an emphasis on fashion design, and developed a lifelong love of football and the LSU Tigers.
Upon returning home from college, she took a job in the home economics department at New Orleans Public Service, the city's utility company. It was through Public Service and a fortuitous blind date that she met the great love of her life, Emile Joseph Bayle. On September 19, 1953, Tinker and Emile married at St. James Major Catholic Church in New Orleans, and began the great adventure of their life together.
Their first adventure a move to Syracuse, New York, for this Southern girl brought lots of new experiences: cold weather (really, really cold), foreign accents, and a baby girl, Lyle, in 1954. Thereafter, came Emile III in 1956, David in 1959, and Avery in 1960. Adventures with babies were accompanied by adventures in moving back to New Orleans, up to Baton Rouge, out to San Marino, CA, in 1966, a short half-year in Scarsdale, N.Y., and finally back to San Marino for good in 1970.
Throughout her marriage, faith and family were her twin focuses. Tinker was entirely devoted to her wonderful husband and reveled in her vocation as a wife and as mother to their four children, Lyle Vivian, Emile III, David and Avery. To her everlasting delight she gained wonderful sons- and daughters-in-law, and eventually, 12 grandchildren. She radiated a love of God, faithfulness to the Church, and boundless love to her family and friends.
As the years went on, Tinker and Emile spread their joy in each other to innumerable friends both near and far. Gourmet meals, parties, civic involvement, and trips around the world expressed Tinker's love of people and her delight in the wonders of the world. Tinker's strong support of children and education was evident throughout her life. She was involved in PTA at Stoneman, Huntington Middle and San Marino High schools. She became a member of the Assistance League of Pasadena, the San Marino chapter of National Charity League, and P.E.O. She maintained active involvement in the Christ Child Society of Pasadena and the Auxiliary of the Pregnancy Help Center of San Gabriel Valley. She was a faithful parishioner at SS. Felicitas & Perpetua Catholic Church in San Marino.
On Nov. 4, 2013, at her home in San Marino, she died at age 83 after a long illness. She will be greatly missed by her devoted husband of 60 years, Emile, and her four children and their spouses: Lyle (Ken) Hanf, Emile III (Terri), David (Kathy), and Avery (Andy) Barth. Her grandchildren will always remember her boundless support of all their endeavors: Lyle Marie and Philip Hanf; Kevin, Jackson, and Madeleine Bayle; Christopher, Matthew, and Kerry Bayle; Emily, Catherine, Andrew, Jr., and Avery Vivian Barth.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 9, at 11:00 a.m. at SS. Felicitas & Perpetua Catholic Church in San Marino.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the USC Memory and Aging Center, www.adrc.usc.edu or the Pregnancy Help Center of San Gabriel Valley, Inc., 5626 N. Rosemead Blvd., Temple City, CA 91780.
Published in Pasadena Star-News from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, 2013