Burlette Minnie (Leytham) Lyman was born July 16, 1925, to Harry and Winnie (Burch) Leytham near Dunlap, Iowa. She attended country school and graduated from Woodbine High School in 1943. Burlette taught country school for a short time. On October 9, 1943, Burlette married Raymond Lyman in Logan, Iowa. The couple farmed the Lyman family farm south of Dunlap, which became a century farm in the 1994, until their retirement and then moved into Dunlap in 2004. Ray died on January 10, 2015.
Burlette was a member of the Congregational Church. The couple loved to travel, plant flowers, and decorate their entire house for Christmas ~ including their dining room table with mechanical decorations. The couple enjoyed inviting the community to their home ~ especially the school kids so they could also feed them cookies. They held community sing-a-longs at Christmas time. They also enjoyed caring for their grandchildren whenever they could.
Burlette died on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at Dunlap Specialty Care in Dunlap, Iowa at the age of 90 years, three months, and 23 days.
Burlette was preceded in death by her parents; son, Steven Lyman; two grandchildren, Kim and Greg Shiro; and two sisters, Marcella Schechinger and Beulah Powers. She is survived by her three children, Sharon (Jim) Gray of Joplin, Missouri, Karen (Rich) Mefferd of Laurel, Maryland and Gary (Betty) Lyman of Fort Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; brother, Kenny (Pat) Leytham of Woodbine, Iowa; sister-in-law, Ruby Lyman of Independence, Missouri; and many other relatives and friends.
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