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Betsy Lyle


1935 - 2015
Betsy Lyle Obituary

Betsy Ankeny Lyle, 79, died on March 10th, 2015 after an extended illness. Friends & family are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, 1 pm, March 14 at Merritt Methodist Church, 2246 Irving St., Denver. There will also be a celebration of her life in Dayton, Washington this Summer. (Date TBD).

Betsy was born December 8, 1935 in Dayton, Washington to Levi and Elizabeth Price Ankeny. Graduated Dayton High School in 1954, attended Washington State College, (now WSU) and graduate of Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, (now CSU), with a BS in Occupational Therapy.

Married John Stuart Lyle in October 1958. They started their family in Denver, lived in Springfield, Ohio but returned to live in Lakewood, CO.

Betsy had a very active life including working as an Occupational Therapist in mental health and worked for the City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation with the developmentally disabled.

Betsy was a member of Gamma Beta, belonged to DAR, Rocky Mountain Roadrunners, and Merritt Methodist Church. She volunteered for Jefferson County Schools teaching reading, and she was a smoking cessation instructor for the . She also cleaned the highway near her home, always working to improve the world.

She was an avid gardener, traveler, reader and loved her husband John dearly. A skilled horseshoe pitcher, she competed in the Senior Games on national and international level.

Survived by husband John Lyle, daughters Katharine Ann Ratliff of Napa, CA, Bonnie Sue Bennett of Longmont, CO, Andrew John Lyle of Cedar Rapids, IA, and David Lee Lyle of Thornton, CO. Also, survived by her sister, Susan Little of Dayton, WA and Anna Maria, FL, and several nieces and nephews. In addition, she has 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to .

Published in Denver Post on Mar. 13, 2015
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