Eileen Lyall

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Lyall, Eileen Rose



Eileen Rose Lyall, beloved mother and grandmother, died peacefully in her home in Albuquerque on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 at the age of 91. Eileen was born in Spokane, Washington, on March 28, 1925 to parents, Daniel and Adeline Close, and was the 7th child in a family of 8. She attended Holy Names College in Spokane and graduated from Washington State University, where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Eileen was married to Jack Lyall on November 11, 1950 at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida and they moved to Albuquerque in 1955. Eileen and Jack were married for 55 years, until his death in 2005.

Eileen is survived by her sister, Margaret Solan; her children, John Lyall, Linda Johnson and husband Jerry, Karen Lyall; and grandchildren, Kayla Lyall and Sean Johnson.

Eileen lived a full life, always putting her family at the center. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, and working on NY Times crossword puzzles. She loved to golf and enjoyed playing bridge throughout her long life. As her vision began to decline, Eileen passed her time while listening to audio books. Some of Eileen's favorite memories were camping with her family in Northern New Mexico and taking road trips to family reunions in Washington.

Eileen's life will be celebrated during a mass at The Risen Savior Catholic Community Church, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE, on February 14th at 10 o'clock am. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Friends of the New Mexico Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM, 87507.

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2017