Lucille Cole Tyler, 98, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the Groves Center in Lake Wales. She was born Sept. 9, 1915, in Wilmington, N.C., to Thomas Raymond Cole and Hattie Anderson Cole.
She attended the James Walker Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington where she received her RN degree in 1936. She worked there after she graduated and lived in the Nurses Residence Hall.
She married Emory Eugene Tyler in February 1939. They lived in Morristown, Tenn. They moved to Winter Haven, Fla., in 1946. They joined the First United Methodist Church in Winter Haven, which later became Beymer United Methodist Church. They moved to Lake Wales in 1954 where they established their business, Tyler Office Supply. She and her husband ran the business until his death in 1974.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lake Wales for 59 years. She was a very active member of the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Lake Wales Woman’s Club. She was a life member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and was a past president of the Lake Wales Music Club.
She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross for many years and taught First Aid classes in Winter Haven. She was a longtime volunteer at the Lake Wales Passion Play. She was very proud and happy to be promoted to be one of the “Mary Ladies” after 15 years of volunteering.
After retirement she enjoyed traveling. She took a trip to the Holy Land where she was baptized in the Jordan River. She also traveled to England, Germany, Costa Rica, and once took a train trip to Pike’s Peak.
Lucille is survived by her children, Phillip (Mary) Tyler and David (Connie) Tyler, both of Lake Wales; grandchildren, Cole O. (Elizabeth) Tyler, Heather L. Tyler and Jesse Amaryllis Tyler; and great-grandchildren, AnnMarie Tyler and SaraBeth Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emory Eugene Tyler; grandson, David Wesley Tyler; and siblings, Wilbur, Reba, Myrtle and Raymond.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Lake Wales with Pastor Jeff Kantz officiating. There will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Lake Wales, 230 N. Fifth St., Lake Wales, FL 33853.
Arrangements are by Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Wales.