ABERDEEN – Lynette Suzanne Stark died at her home in Aberdeen. She was born Dec. 7, 1952, in Santa Maria, Calif. She was a longtime educator and was currently a teacher at West Lowndes Elementary School. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, she taught at Hamilton, Aberdeen, Brandon, Hattiesburg and Stillwater, Okla. An accomplished musician, she was a band director for a number of years and continued to receive accolades from her former students whose lives she touched. She additionally taught English and elementary music. She was a published author with her young adult fiction book, ""Escape from Heart,"" published by Harcourt-Brace. She was a creative soul with diverse and varied interests including poetry, blues, gardening, all things Beatles, the supernatural, creative writing and a general ""jack-of-all-trades"" in the arts. She passionately cared ror all creatures, large and small, from stray dogs to faltering students. Her passing leaves a huge void in the lives of many.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Matt Stark officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Tiffany Kilpatrick of Oxford and Lauren Stark of MUW; a grandson, Rhes ""Rhex"" Low III of Oxford; her mother, Eileen Stark of Aberdeen; two brothers, Tim (Anna) Stark of Amory and Jimmy Stark of Aberdeen; a sister, Luanne Thompson of Aberdeen; nieces and nephews, Rev. Matt (Melanie) Stark of Amory, Dr. Candace (Stephen) Thompson Powell of Memphis, Heather (William) Riley of Aberdeen, Ross (Heather) Stark of Amory, Mary Margaret Thompson of Aberdeen, Collier ""Reed"" Thompson of Nashville; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Schyler Powell, Corbyn Powell and Anders Powell, all of Memphis, Alyssa Gates, Sophia James and Collin Thompson, all of Aberdeen, Jackson Riley of Aberdeen, and Riley Stark, Anna Brooke Stark and Thomas Stark, all of Amory.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jim Stark.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Alley Cat Allies or Palmer Home for Children in Columbus.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.