Cloris Tyler loved to travel and help at church

Monday, January 13, 2014 | 3:50 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Retired pastor Dennis Swearngin said he will always remember that, despite huge and unexpected losses, Cloris Tyler embraced and lived life fully. Mrs. Tyler was widowed twice.

She had "depth of spirit," never lost her enthusiasm, was gracious and warm and funny in a dry, witty way, he said. Swearngin was pastor at Olivet Christian Church in Columbia and knew Mrs. Tyler as a member of the congregation.

She was a kind neighbor and a good person to know, he said.

Cloris M. Gibson Tyler of Columbia died Saturday, Jan. 11. 2014. She was 91.

She was born on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1922, in Hot Springs, S.D., to Charles and Helen Cleaver Gage. She met her first husband, O.L. "Hoot" Gibson, when they were students at Hickman High School, her son Charles Gibson said. 

Mrs. Tyler retired from Stephens College where she worked in the Cultural Events Office and TV, Radio and Film Office for 25 years. She liked her job very much, Gibson said.

After her first husband died, Mrs. Tyler married Loyd "Frenchie" Tyler, who owned a hotel in South Dakota, Gibson said. Mr. Tyler was an active fisherman, and they went from lake to lake on camping trips in a trailer.

After Mr. Tyler died, Mrs. Taylor moved into her old home in Columbia in the mid-90s.

Mrs. Tyler is survived by a son, Charles Gibson and wife, Ginger, of Columbia, and a daughter, Linda Gibson and husband, Bruce Finnie, of Graham, Wash., six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and three nephews. She is also survived by two stepdaughters, Penny Inglis of Idaho and  Jeananne Wannamaker of Oregon; and a stepson, Mark Tyler and wife, Linda, of South Carolina; and several stepgrandchildren.

A brother, Charles Gage, and one son, Don S. Gibson, died earlier.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow immediately after at Memorial Park Cemetery.

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