Delene Blair Tyler

Delene Blair Tyler, 81, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas.Services will be in Quitaque at First United Methodist Church, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Rev. Steve Ulrey will officiate with interment in Rest Haven Cemetery in Quitaque directed by McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.There will be a formal family visitation from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the First Methodist Church in Quitaque.Delene was born to Harry and Ermine Blair on July 17, 1930, in Clarendon, TX. She married Grady Lee Tyler on Nov. 11, 1947, in Dallas, TX. She had lived in the Quitaque community since 1960 and lived with her daughter, Gail Simmons and her husband Stan in Nolan, TX the past 18 months due to her health. In Quitaque, Delene, had been very active in her community. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and was the church organist for 38 years. She was a member of We The Women organization in Quitaque. Being a 30 year cancer survivor, she was very active as the chair person for American Cancer Society and Relay For Life many years raising funds for cancer research. Delene attended college at Clarendon Junior College for two years and one year at SMU.Along with her motherly and household duties, she also worked as a cashier and bookkeeper for West Texas Utilities from 1972 until her retirement. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Lee Tyler on March 13, 1997; and a grandson, Slater Simmons on Jan. 5, 2006. Survivors include her daughter, Gail Simmons and husband Stan of Nolan, TX; a son, Larry Tyler of Ft. Worth, TX; a granddaughter, Amanda Chance and husband Alan of Crowley, TX; a brother, Dwight Blair and wife Linda of Lubbock; a brother-in-law, Dale Bradley and wife Cleta of Lubbock, TX.; three great-grandsons, Graycen and Clayton Wacker of Illinois and Carter Chance of Crowley; and a great-granddaughter, Kinslei Chance of Crowley, TX. Pallbearers will be Stan Price, Randy Stark, Jimmy Ross, Marcus Robison, Ronnie Carpenter and Billy Fetterman, Jr.Honorary Pallbearers will be Arnold Castillo, Jimmy Davidson, Weldon Griffin Ronald Clay, Bob Ham, Bruce Price and Buck Chadwick.Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.Online condolences may be expressed at