Betty L. Lyles

October 28, 1937 ~ November 10, 2021 (age 84)


Betty Lou Lyles, age 84 of Beardstown, died Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

 She was born October 28, 1937 in Gary, IN the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Helen Christina Webster Florey. She married Walter Lee Lyles on February 3, 1973 and he preceded her in death on February 29, 2012.

 She is survived by five children Tracy (wife Linda) Hageman of Quincy, Becky Young of South Jacksonville, Terri (husband Les) Farwell of Beardstown, Cindy (husband Scott) Cantrall of Springfield, and Carla Wessel of St. Petersburgh, FL; 13 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three sisters Virginia Fretty of Paxton, Kit Sinnock of Beardstown, and Garnet Zulauf of Jacksonville.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Walter “Opie” Lyles, a son-in-law Jim Young, a grandson Nathaniel Wessel, two sisters Dorothy Mae Burton and Pat Hageman, and a brother Andrew Jackson Florey, Jr.

 Betty graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1955. She operated a daycare with at times 20+ children in her home. After spending a lot of time in the kitchen she opened Betty’s Bakery Bar which created many tasty memories. She was a member of First Christian Church in Beardstown where she strengthened her faith and relationship with God and had a care group that was like her family. They enjoyed sharing their love of God at church, outside of Church, and around the table. Betty was gifted with the ability to play the piano and organ. She knew how to pull off a prank and enjoyed Bingo. She had a giving heart, and a void will be left in the lives of all those who knew her.

 Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown with Pastor Mike Courson officiating. Burial will be in the Beardstown City Cemetery. The family will meet with friends one hour prior to the services at the memorial home.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to Beardstown Christian Academy (BCA) or Cass County Food Pantry. Condolences may be left online at or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.


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November 13, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Colwell Memorial Home and Crematory
515 State Street
Beardstown, IL 62618

Funeral Service
November 13, 2021

11:00 AM
Colwell Memorial Home and Crematory
515 State Street
Beardstown, IL 62618


Beardstown Christian Academy
1421 Beard Street, Beardstown IL 62618
Tel: 1-217-323-1677

Cass County Food Pantry
210 South Main Street, Virginia IL 62691
Tel: 1-217-452-5638

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