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Donna Sue Fielder Lyle Boles – January 8, 2018

Donna Sue Fielder Lyle Boles passed from this life on January 8, 2018, in Lubbock, Tx surrounded by her children. She was born to A.B. and Audria Fielder on May 28, 1936, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Donna Sue lived most of her life in Dumas, only moving to Lubbock in October 2011, to receive care where her son, Hugh, and his wife Melissa could be close.
Donna Sue, or Sweetie as she was widely known by all her family and friends, was first and foremost a loving mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. She was a consummate cook and hostess–enjoying opening her home to her large family for holidays, parties, and get togethers. She loved sharing fun times with her bridge club, neighborhood and church friends and was always the first one to volunteer to cook or bake for church functions. Sweetie loved the mountains, particularly the family cabin in Lake City, Colorado and the Boles cabin in Taos, New Mexico where she spent many summers.
Sweetie was married to Hugh T. Lyle in October 1954, having met when she was the Lion’s Club sweetheart and he was the only bachelor in the club. They raised four children– Libby, Becky, Hugh Norwood and Mary together, and her greatest joy was supporting them in whatever they were involved in–driving them to and attending all their events; sewing clothes and costumes; putting up with Hugh Norwood’s variety of lizards, turtles and water dogs; and giving them all the strong foundations of faith, humor, and family ties.
After Hugh’s death in November 1976, Sweetie married Rev. Jerry Boles, and she embraced the life of a minister’s wife offering her kindness, faith and devotion to God and the church in a new role. They enjoyed many years of life together until his passing in 2009. During the last few years of Jerry’s life and his struggle with Alzheimer’s, Sweetie devoted herself to helping him and other patients at the nursing home each day. She believed in “blooming where you are planted”, and she exemplified this in making everyone’s day brighter in whatever circumstances she found herself. Sweetie’s grandchildren were blessed with many years of her loving care and presence whether playing in the mountains, precious time with her during holidays or Dogie Days, and her frequent visits for their music, sports or school events. Each of them knew how much she loved them and was proud of them.
Sweetie herself was struck with Alzheimer’s, and despite the challenges that the disease took on her mind, her joyful, playful, and sweet spirit was evident throughout these last few years. Her caregivers always marveled at her sweetness, even when she no longer had many words to express herself. For her last years, she was fortunate to have the loving support of long-time friend, Pete Mhoon.
Donna Sue, or our Sweetie, was blessed by the magnitude of love that surrounded her throughout her life. She is survived by those who celebrate her life–her children and their spouses–Libby (Dave) Culver of Durango CO, Becky (Brian) Mehrmann of Overland Park, KS, Hugh (Melissa) Lyle of Lubbock, and Mary (Steve) Clayton of Jonesboro, AR; fourteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; her sisters–Connie Nash and Leah Rae Baugh; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends who loved her so. Her greatest legacy are her children and their families who treasure the example of love and light that she gave them as she taught them to make a positive difference wherever they are.
Services will be held in the Dumas First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Barry Loving officiating. A visitation will be on Friday evening at the church from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.
The family requests memorials be made to the Scholarship Fund of First Presbyterian Church, 700 E 1st St, Dumas, TX 79029.

17 Comments

  • Betty Blair Posted January 8, 2018 7:43 pm

    Sweetie was one of the kindest friends we ever had. Love the precious memories of our Dumas years. Sweet thoughts to all family. Don and Betty Blair Anthem, Arizona.

  • Zelda Sheldon Posted January 8, 2018 9:02 pm

    My condolences to your family! I loved spending time with Donna Sue while both our husbands were in the nursing home! She helped me so much. I will miss her so much! God bless!

  • Janie Christie Heniford Posted January 8, 2018 9:11 pm

    Blessings to this family as you celebrate the life of a truly lovely woman. Donna Sue exemplified living the Christian life of example. May her memory always be a blessing for you all.

  • Tom & Beverly Conner Posted January 8, 2018 9:53 pm

    Libby,
    Your Mom really sounds like a true “Sweetie” who lived in spades. Tough times but look at all of the loving memories that you have and many do not. Bev and I will keep you and Dave in our prayers.

  • Sissy Hensley Littlefiend Posted January 8, 2018 11:30 pm

    Becky & Libby I am saddened for our loss I know my mother Susie and your mom were high school and life long friends, and my grandparents Jesse and Winona thought so much of your mother. It seems like yesterday we were playing at your house, then tennis and where did the time go! My thoughts and love are with you and your family. Hugs to you! Sisssy

  • Sally Good Posted January 8, 2018 11:57 pm

    Donna Sue was a beautiful person, and I have many fond memories of her from my childhood. Hugs and kisses to you–Libby, Becky, Hugh, and Mary– as you celebrate her life.

  • David McCormick Posted January 9, 2018 12:37 am

    a very sweet and pretty lady who raised some pretty daughters and a son very well. May God Bless~

  • Kim & Ron Hollis Posted January 9, 2018 1:08 am

    Mary, I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. May God grant you peace and comfort in the coming days.

  • Ginny Brown Posted January 9, 2018 4:32 am

    My heart is aching for you as you mourn the loss of your mom. She must have been quite a role model. Sending love and hugs for this tough time.
    Ginny

  • Sara Bryant Posted January 9, 2018 12:50 pm

    Your family remains in our thoughts and prayers. We send our love during this difficult time.
    International Studies Teachers and Staff

  • Jackie R. Green Sheldon Posted January 9, 2018 3:08 pm

    Even though she was older, I (graduated in 1959) knew her well due to her pleasant personality and sweet spirit. The above exemplifies my impression well. May God bless each of you as you travel your pathway ahead, it isn’t pathways because each has their own. Grieve-as-you must; not-as-others will tell you is right, wrong or indifferent.
    My loving grandmother, the day you left,
    my heart filled-with-pain, it felt-like-a theft.
    I feel-so-much sorrow, deep-is-my grief;
    now you’re-not-suffering, that’s-a-relief.
    I hope sincerely you rest-in-peace,
    my-love-for you shall-never-cease.
    I miss you so-much deeply-and-dearly,
    I’ll remember-your-voice forever-and-clearly.
    For-so-many of us, you-were-our foundation,
    a beautiful-life deserves a standing-ovation.
    Thank you, Grandmother for selflessly sharing;
    such a-loving-grandmother, thoughtful-and-caring.
    MOMMA WAS A ROCK Rev. Jim Reeves – Beaver, Oklahoma
    I remember my momma singing as she went about her-day; cooking, cleaning and washing,for that was just my-momma’s-way.
    Her family was everything to her and somehow she was always there to give a hug, dress-a-wound or to hear our-bedtime-prayer.
    No matter how our lives changed with the ticking of-the clock; we could always count on Momma ’cause Momma was-our-rock.
    ORPHANED
    Read John 14:15 – 21
    Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before-long, the world will not see me anymore but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that-day you will realize I am in my-Father, I am in you and you are in me. John 14:18 – 20 New-International version
    Even-though I was an adult when my parents died, I felt a keen-sense of what it was like to be an orphan. Gone were the two-people who had nurtured
    me and shaped my life. Sharp-grief gave way to bewilderment, “Who am I now; who knows me deeply yet loves me anyway? The gospel of John recounts Jesus telling His-disciples although the time is coming they would see Him no-more but He
    would always be a part of them just-as they would forever be a part of Him.
    So it has been with my parents. I see now even-after their-deaths, their example of loving-kindness continues to teach me and guide my-life. That goes deeper than just warm-memories. My parents are in me at a deep-level, deeper
    than the mind can comprehend and as-deep as the heart. Surely God was their-heart’s teacher.
    In the same-way I come to know God through the life and love of Jesus. Nurturing that-relationship through prayer, study, giving and
    serving keeps me forever-connected to the living-God.
    Gracious-God, let who we are reflect who You are in all we do. Amen
    Because of God’s great-love for us, we are never-orphaned.

  • Margee Castleberry Posted January 10, 2018 8:05 am

    My thoughts ad prayers are with you, Mary and all your family.

  • Patsy Forbus Posted January 10, 2018 10:00 pm

    Sweetie was such a wonderful woman and a joy to be around – always. Our love and sympathy go to each one of you precious children whom we remember with loving thoughts. God bless you and give you peace.
    Dr. Bill and Patsy Forbus

  • Victoria Fristensky Posted January 12, 2018 1:17 pm

    Libby, you stood by your mother just like a daughter should! I admire you and wish you peace

  • GeanCraig Posted January 15, 2018 1:00 pm

    Becky, I’m so sorry. She was where you got that special sweetness I loved so much. Once, I told you I really liked your tennis dress. You giggled & told me that it was Libby’s Easter dress.

  • Bev Huffman Krom Posted January 15, 2018 3:27 pm

    Becky:
    so sorry to hear about your sweet mama. she was the sweetest ever. hugs to you and your family and pete.

  • Diane Hoefling Posted January 16, 2018 1:07 pm

    Donna Sue was always smiling and so beautiful. I hope your memories of your wonderful mom will warm your heart for many years to come. She was a shining example of Christ’s love. I hope you can celebrate her life here on earth and know she is watching over you.

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