Sara Stout Lyle

5 June, 192116 June, 2020

Sara Stout Lyle was born June 5, 1921 in Dover Tennessee. She died Tuesday, June 16th in St Vincent Hospital, eleven days after her ninety-ninth birthday. She grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee, the daughter of Horace Brandon Stout and Chloe Lennox Stout.

She had an idyllic childhood with older siblings Josiah and Irene in a loving, prosperous family. Sara graduated from Stevens College in Columbia, Missouri.

She met Lieutenant James B. Stalker Jr.of Indianapolis after the outbreak of World War II and they married in 1946. They had two daughters and one son, Caress Stalker Garten (Patterson), Chloe Stalker Vezo, and the late John Kent Stalker.

A parishioner of Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, her faith was important to her. She served on that church’s vestry, taught Sunday School, and served the altar guild and St. Ursula’s Guild for many decades. Sara was an avid reader of myriad subjects. She had a lifetime love of the water and became a great swimmer and enjoyed it into her nineties.

In 1999 Sara married her childhood friend Dr. William Lyle, returning once again to Clarksville, Tennessee. Upon Dr. Lyle’s death she came to live in Marquette Manor for the last nine years. She made many friends at Marquette, developing a wonderful friendship with Don Hargadon before his death.

Her greatest happiness was visiting with her grandsons, Benjamin (Melissa) Garten and Matthew (Paloma) Garten, her great grandchildren Emily, Mary, Jonathan, Samuel, Patricio, and Penelope.

Because of the Covid 19 virus an internment service will be held privately at Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, IN 46208 with a memorial service next June 5th on her one hundredth birthday. Donations in her memory may be sent to Trinity Episcopal Church Lay Ministries.

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Sharon Lemler

24 June 2020

What a love. Sara loved, and was loved so well, by so many, including Jim and myself. I can always see her smile in my mind and heart. God bless all of you family members, saying earthly good-byes to Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.

Sharon and Jim Lemler

Kathy Kerezman

23 June 2020

Sarah Lyle was so nice to everyone at Marquette, including my Mom Evelyn Hoeg. I saw my mom almost everyday and I was blessed the I can call Sarah my friend. Last year she took the time to write me the sweetest note, it’s the beautiful southern charm that shines from her. Blessing to her awesome daughter “Chlo” and all of Sarah’s beautiful family. Sarah will be missed, but never forgotten!

Dorothy Hartzog

21 June 2020

I was one of the priests at Trinity Church, Clarksville while Sarah was there. She was such a supportive presence and a delight to know. May her precious soul rest in peace.

Elisabeth Henn-Carlson

21 June 2020

Sara became a dear friend during the time I brought my dog to Marquette Manor for pet visits. We had recently reconnected over the phone; visits were prohibited because of COVID 19.
I will miss Sara's wonderful Southern spirit, her grit and determination, charm and style. She was a woman to emulate in many ways. News of her death is deeply saddening. I wish her well on her journey into the next life. Much love to you Sara!

Shannon Hofman

18 June 2020

The first time I met Sara, over 4 years ago while working with her in rehab at Marquette,
we clicked immediately. I fell in love with her sweet southern accent and her spunky personality. She called our therapy gym "The Play Pen". Sara would screen residents in Assisted Living and tell me who all needed therapy. She'd say "That lady in the courtyard looks like she's going to fall. You better go help her". She and I shared her love of animals, nature and water. She always asked me " When are you going to the lake or Florida" and always wanted me to take pictures for her to see. I'm fortunate to have been able to spend so much time with her. I will miss you so much Sara❤. I hope you are swimming again soon!

Tammi McCabe

17 June 2020

Sara was a one of a kind Southern Bell. Her sweet disposition never failed. She loved her family, being outdoors and had a huge love for elephants. I was lucky enough to be her caregiver for the last couple of years. She called me her “presence” because we could just sit there and be together without conversation or “noise” in the background. I went to the zoo with her last summer, when spent almost the entire time watching the elephants. She also m taught me the importance of saying NO. You will be missed Sara, I love you!

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