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Marilyn Lyles passed away on May 29, 2020 at the age of 63. She was born in Kodiak, AK and grew up in Gary, IN. She attended Lew Wallace High School, Class of 1974 in Gary, IN and Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She was married to Michael Lyles and had two children, Matthew and Marissa Lyles. Mrs. Lyles graduated in Communication Studies from Purdue and was in retail sales for years at Armstrong's Jewelers and later, Roger's & Hollands, where she gained lifelong friends. She participated in the Miriam Missionary Ministry at First Baptist Church in Gary, IN. Marilyn's other activities included being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and living life to the fullest, dancing, celebrating family, and keeping everyone glued together. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerome and Deloris Henderson. In loving memory, she leaves behind devoted husband Michael Lyles, sisters Carmen Kibuka (Indianapolis, IN), Cheryl Harrison (Kalamazoo, MI), brother Jerome (Debra) Henderson (Indianapolis, IN), sister-in-law Deborah (Louis) Anderson (Lagrange, IL) and brother-in-law Kevin Lyles (Gary, IN). She leaves two children to cherish her life, Matthew (Erica Clayton) Lyles, Marissa Lyles, three grandchildren, Amir Goode-Lyles, MyZell Lyles, and Moon Lyles. Finally, special niece and "daughter", Tamia Hillsman, and a host of other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends that felt like family. Visitation will be on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 9-11 at First Baptist Church of Gary, 626 W. 21s Avenue, observing state-mandated COVID-19 guidelines. The funeral will follow at 11. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.



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Published in Post-Tribune on Jun. 4, 2020.
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First Baptist Church
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Funeral
11:00 AM
First Baptist Church
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June 21, 2020
I was just informed of Marilyn's passing and I am truly shocked and saddened. We worked together for Armstrong's Jewelers at Evergreen Park Mall. She left a lasting impression that has inspired me, as an educator, to speak often of her professionalism, intelligence, and impeccable appearance to my current colleagues and students.
Debbie Mason-Thomas
Coworker
June 16, 2020
My prayers and condolences to Mertz family and friends. We attended Bailly Jr. High & Lew Wallace together. She loved to dance and was on the first Soul Train in Chicago Ill. Rest in Peace!
Sheila James
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June 14, 2020
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Kim Howard
June 8, 2020
Our condolences and prayers to Michael Lyles and family
The Bridges Family
Neighbor
June 6, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ted Brown
Friend
June 6, 2020
To Mr. Lyles, Matthew Lyles, Marissa Lyles and family,

Words cannot express my fullest condolence for you all in the passing of Mrs. Lyles. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

With love,
Litney Gray
Litney Gray
June 6, 2020
My deepest condolences and Prayers to Mike and the family!! Marilyn and I started Purdue together in 1974 in freshman class. We also pledged our Fraternal organizations at the same time spring of 1975. She AKA and myself KAPPA ALPHA PSI. This made our kinship and friendship even stronger. Because we went through a lot of stuff at the same time! Merts was a beautiful and friendly person who I always enjoyed being around. RIH my Friend!!!
George Williams
Friend
June 5, 2020
I am deeply saddened to about Meryl passing. Carmen, Red, Jerry y'all stay strong and know that we love y'all.
Carlo
Family
June 5, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Velton and Dorothy Hines
Friend
June 5, 2020
To the Lyles Family, Tamia Hillsman, Carmen, Cheryl & Jerome, your Buffalo cousins send our heartfelt condolences on the transition of our beloved cousin Marilyn Lyles. May the many loving memories & good times shared with Cousin Meryl bring you all comfort in the times to come.
Verona L Moody
Family
June 5, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Kristie Wallace
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June 5, 2020
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Kristie Sanders
June 5, 2020
I was saddened to hear of Merts passing! We will miss her, and her Beautiful Smile and Hugs! Praying for God to give her Family and Friends strength, to go through this Storm! We will love you forever Merts, and will cherish your Memory!❤
Julia Onion Rogers
Friend
June 5, 2020
RIP Marilyn God bless her soul. May God comfort your heart's today tomorrow and forevermore.
Debra K. Smith
Classmate
June 5, 2020
Prayers and condolences to the family of Mrs. Marilyn Lyles. I knew Mrs. Lyles, Mr. Michael Lyles & Marissa via worshipping with them as church members @ First Baptist Church. Mrs. Lyles will be dearly missed!!!
Ryan Rogers
Friend
June 5, 2020
She was a beautiful person w/a glowing spirit. To the Family, May your memories bring you some joy and peace. God Bless
Sharon BellMathis
Friend
June 5, 2020
My condolences to her family
Ted Brown
Friend
June 4, 2020
To the family of Marilyn her smile ,energy and fun spirit is what I recall that she brought to the yard at Purdue . She will be miss but the memories we will cherish.
May God strengthen you and bring comfort during this time of grief. Soror Phyllis Carr "The Ten."
Phyllis
June 4, 2020
Carmen, Cheryl and Jerry...Please accept our condolences...I don't think you have to be reminded how far we go back!
Sincerely,
The Woodard Family
Woodard Family
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June 4, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jessica Williams Eglin (Robert Williams sister)
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June 4, 2020
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June 4, 2020
In loving memory of a beautiful cousin. You will be truly missed.
Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in him. John 14:1
Love Tanya
Tanya Strong
Family
June 4, 2020
I'm really going to miss you my buddy I'll miss you my friend.
LaDonna Hendrix
Family
June 4, 2020
My heart is heavy , loosing a Soror and Dear Friend. Condolences to Michael, Family, Friends and Sorors. Peace and Comfort to ALL!
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June 4, 2020
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