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Theola Lyle

August 30, 1922 — May 2, 2020

KEOTA-Theola Lyle, age 97, of Williamsburg, formerly of Keota, died Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg.
Theola was born August 30, 1922, in Clear Creek Township, southeast of Harper, Iowa, to Frank and Juliana (Weber) Waechter and attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School. On September 19, 1945, she was united in marriage to Francis Lyle at Ss. Peter and Paul Rectory. The couple, married for 62 years, lived and farmed northwest of Keota until moving to Williamsburg in January of 2008. Theola enjoyed maintaining the large family garden, bird watching and working on word scramble puzzles. She was an excellent cook and was known to make delicious pies, cinnamon rolls and special decorated angel food birthday cakes. Theola and Francis always enjoyed attending many of their grandchildren's activities.
Survivors include two daughters: Brenda (Doug) White and Franda (John) Shorey; a son: Dell Lyle; eight grandchildren: Alex (Brianne Biancardi) White, Gavin (Kirsten) White, Laura Shorey (Max) Montgomery, Pam (Jon) Rochholz, Jason Lyle, Jessica Lyle and fiancée Ernest Backstrom, Danielle (Justin) Render and Dylan Lyle (Becca Redlinger); nine great grandchildren: Henry and Sam White, Ethan and Isaac White, Aspen Rochholz, Dayne, Kellan and Serena Render and Jaxon Lyle; sister: Leona Hotchkiss; sisters-in-law: Velma Waechter, Shirley (Howard) Bohr, Reta Gullett and Erm Lyle; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Francis in 2008; brothers: Francis, Floyd, Walter and Ben Waechter and sister: Irma Flander.

Private immediate family graveside service will be held at Keota Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Keota is caring for Theola and her family. Tributes may be made at

Thank you to all the special people at Highland Ridge Senior Living and Care Center in Williamsburg. We are so thankful for the kindness and wonderful care extended to Mom and our family over the years.

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