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Ethel Lavina Meeks Kyse
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Birth: Feb. 8, 1918
New Jersey, USA
Death: Aug. 30, 2009
California, USA

Peacefully passed on to be with her Lord while surrounded by family on August 30, 2009. Ethel, 91, was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be missed by legions of family and lifelong friends. She was born in Fort Lee, New Jersey, to Ethel and Charles Meeks on February 8, 1918. On graduating from high school she worked as an operator for the phone company before meeting and later marrying Walter Kyse, who preceded her in death in October of 1990 after 48 years of marriage. A World War II bride, she waited anxiously for the safe return of her beloved Walter, who was a decorated Air Force pilot flying missions for the 303rd Bombardment Group (Hell's Angels) out of England. After the war, Walter became a pilot for commercial airlines, prompting the family to move several times over the next few years. In 1955, Ethel and her son, Bruce, joined Walter in Iran, where he was chief pilot for Iranian Airlines, which was managed by the U.S. company he worked for at the time. In 1958, the family relocated to the Bay Area, and in 1968 they moved to Sebastopol. Ethel moved to Oakmont just prior to Walter's death, and two years ago she moved to Oakmont Gardens. She was always active and involved. In her 20s, she was an accomplished roller skater. In her 30s and 40s, she loved to bowl and water ski, and in her 50s and 60s, when she could no longer ski, she was an avid fisherman, spending four months a year pursuing salmon at the Rogue River in Oregon. In her 70s, after her husband's death, she became the founding president of the Oakmont Singles Club. She loved to travel, sew, knit, work crosswords, read the Bible, play Bridge with friends and "Go Fish" and "Slap" with her grandchildren, and she loved to cook. Her English Plum Pudding, which she made in large batches every Christmas, was legendary amongst family and friends. But the essence of Ethel's life can be summarized in three words: faith, family and friends. She was a 41-year member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Sebastopol, where she was active in the Altar Guild and Bible study group. She had many, many close friends, and actively maintained all of her friendships, even those dating back to her time at the phone company. But her passion and joy was unbounded when it came to her family. She adored her son, Bruce, and daughter-in-law, Robin. She cherished and boasted about her three grandchildren, Caitlin, Taylor and Brandon Kyse, and her granddaughter-in-law Melissa. And with the Lord's blessing, she stayed on this earth long enough to hold her first great-grandchild, 3-month-old Braden, and to watch a video of his baptism that took place one week before her passing. Her family wishes to thank Heartland Hospice, and Dr. Harry Carr, for wonderful compassionate care during her final days, and to the outpouring of love from relatives and friends in her final days. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service celebrating her life at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2009, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 460 Murphy Avenue, Sebastopol. Private family burial will be at Pleasant Hill Memorial Park. The family requests memorials to Heartland Hospice, 2455 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. 
 
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  Walter R Kyse (____ - 1990)
 
Burial:
Pleasant Hills Cemetery
Sebastopol
Sonoma County
California, USA
 
Created by: GLM
Record added: Sep 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41469939
Ethel Lavina <i>Meeks</i> Kyse
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Ethel Lavina <i>Meeks</i> Kyse
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