Joyce M. Lyttle, 91, a resident of Overton, Nev., died peacefully Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at Beehive Care in Mesquite, Nev.
Joyce was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Glendale, Calif., to Alice Merced Garretson Meyer and Eugene Meyer. After her mother died, Joyce and her sister, Virginia, lived in the Los Angeles Orphanage for three years before Joyce was adopted by Glenn and Gertrude Long, who were loving parents. Joyce attended school in Whittier, Calif., and went on to attend the University of Southern California. In 1950 she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, before meeting and marrying the love of her life, Ed Lyttle, in 1951. Their son, Jeff, was born in 1952 in San Diego, where Ed was stationed as a Navy pilot. Their daughter, Denise, was born three years later after Ed had completed his time in the Navy. Joyce taught second grade in Indio, Calif., and in Ketchum, Idaho, until retiring in 1987.
Joyce and Ed loved spending time in the backcountry of Idaho and Nevada. Joyce could name almost any bird or wildflower she came across, and the few she couldn’t name were quickly researched. She loved learning new things, and this made the international trips they took even more fun.
Surviving are her husband, Ed Lyttle, at St. George Rehabilitation Center in St. George, Utah; her daughter, Denise Glen Lyttle Kauffman, with husband Neil and children Amy in Moscow, Idaho, and Kira Cheldelin in Boise, Idaho; her daughter-in-law, Karin Lyttle, and children Amy Rivkin and Jed in Hailey Idaho; her brother, Douglas Myers; a great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Jeff, and her sister, Virginia.
The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice and Beehive Care for the compassion they demonstrated in a proud woman’s final months of life. We will be forever grateful to Lisa Watson, whose kindness as a neighbor will be remembered by us all.
Cremation has been planned. A small memorial service may be held; details will go out to friends and family. Moapa Valley Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in its guest book at moapavalleymortuary.com.