Mavis Tyler, 93, of Loveland, died October 16, 2016 in Loveland. Mavis was born July 16, 1923 in Marshalltown, Iowa, the only child of Florence Adelia Zeisneiss Lorenzen and John Henry Lorenzen. The family moved to Denver, Colorado when Mavis was 12 years old. Mavis helped her mother in the family drapery business as she was growing up. She graduated from Denver East H.S. in 1940. She then completed two years of college at the University of Denver, majoring in Business, and was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. Mavis became a Morse Code radio operator for Braniff Airlines during WW II, stationed in Dallas, Texas. Mavis married Warner William Tyler on February 29, 1944 in Dallas, TX, where Warner was serving as a Naval Aviator. When he was sent to the South Pacific during the war, Mavis returned to Denver until Warner returned home. The family settled in Denver until 1975. Linda Diane was born to them in 1945, followed by Gary Loren in 1947. Perry Park, Colorado and then Colorado Springs, Colorado became home until Warner passed away in 1998. Mavis moved to Loveland in 2006 to be nearer to family. Mavis and Warner traveled many times all over the world during their marriage. Mavis was a skilled homemaker, prolific seamstress, and had the greenest thumb of anyone in the family. She was an ace bowler, adapting her skills to the Wii bowling game in her later years. She knitted, crocheted and embroidered with precision. She taught herself many amazing crafts over the years. She was raised in the Methodist and then the Lutheran faith, and was a member of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Loveland. Her children and grandchildren were amazed to learn that she played the piano, Hawaiian guitar, and harmonica as a young girl, and could now and then be coaxed to demonstrate her talents. The church choir always benefitted from her lovely alto voice. She loved the colors turquoise and coral and her home and wardrobe reflected that love. She was a committed and consistent coupon clipper, revered for her thriftiness and bargain-hunting by her family. She enjoyed volunteering at a large Denver hospital, and often wished she had become a nurse or dietitian. Mavis made many life-long friends everywhere she lived, and was usually looked at as the "social-director" in any group of which she became a part. She was proud to be a Red Hatter. She later became a bridge player, as well as bingo, dominoes, and any board game within reach, and actively sought out opponents among neighbors, family, and friends. Mavis felt blessed to have been given five grandchildren: Kevin Wieland and wife Andrea of Brighton, CO, Craig Wieland (Ty) of Norwalk, CT, Kendra Silver and husband Bill of Loveland, CO, Amy Kibler and husband Joe of Southport, NC, and Alisa Evans and husband Tom of Charlotte, NC, and eight great-grandchildren: Kyle and Cameron Andrews, Emily Silver, Lianna Wieland, Will, Aidan, and Olivia Kibler, and Kate Evans. She thoroughly enjoyed collecting all of their photos and art work and thank-you notes as they grew, and frequently shared their achievements with anyone within listening distance. She has left behind an amazing loving tribute and legacy with her family. Parkinson's disease found a formidable and determined foe in Mavis. She persisted with her independence with enviable grace, strength and dignity. Those who knew and loved her, most especially her family, will miss her tenacious spirit. She will be deeply missed but in the constant loving memory of her family and friends. Mavis is survived by daughter Linda Wieland and husband David of Loveland, CO, and son Gary Tyler and wife Susan of New London, NC, her five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at King of Glory Lutheran Church. Visitation will take place at the church prior to the service. Interment Olinger Chapel Hill Cemetery in Centennial, CO. Memorial contributions may be sent to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, or King of Glory Lutheran Church music program in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home.
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