Hannah Elizabeth Yates Tyler slipped into a bright and peaceful place on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, through gates held open by her daughters Carol Ann Tyler of Cincinnati, Virginia Louise Tyler Unverzagt of Terre Haute, sons Joseph William Tyler and James Alfred Tyler of Saranac Lake, and her husband of 68 years, Charles William Tyler of Clinton. Waiting to greet her was daughter, Ann Marie Tyler, who preceded her in 1947.
Known for her wit, intellect, creativity, humor, resourcefulness and beauty, Hannah was loved, admired and amused by those around her. She wore many hats - truly. A stylish woman who loved hats, she played many roles in her 93 years of life: dutiful daughter, loving wife, exceptional student, dazzling dance partner, nurturing mother, grandmother to Case and Joy Unverzagt, Laurel, Hannah Elizabeth and Joanna Tyler, Julia May Green and Ava and Zoe Tyler and great-grandmother to Sylvia Unverzagt. She was also a proud auntie. An administrative executive in her career, she also was a project manager many times over, from zany home construction ventures to clever handmade Halloween costumes. She was fun to be with, steadfast in the truth and dignified in her passing.
Hannah met her future husband, Chuck, at Camp Forrest in Tennessee during World War I, where she was head of the Personnel Department. To have the chance to meet someone of her rank, Chicago native Sgt. Tyler came into her office and took the typewriter out from under her while she was typing a letter. This outrage led to laughs, dating and marriage on Nov. 25, 1943, at Saint Andrew Church, Chicago.
Chuck and "Red," as he affectionately called her, moved to Clinton in 2001, from Saranac Lake. They lived in Decherd, Tenn., after retirement in the '70s and '80s. They raised their kids in Chicago and Ingleside, Ill., during the '40s, '50s and '60s. It was a lifetime of family, friends and fun.
Hannah was born in Piney, Tenn., near Spencer, January 19, 1919, to Luella Wilson Yates and James Lonnie Yates. She spent 13 happy years attending Burritt School & College in Spencer. A brilliant student, she graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1936.
Hannah had a gentle spirit, a great disposition, and was fair, thoughtful and just. She will be forever loved by her family and will never, ever be forgotten.
In lieu of sending flowers, plant some in your yard or in a public space. Find an area that needs it most. "Plant beauty in the hearts of others." That is Hannah's request.
Interment will be private.