Lyle Vivian Maier Bayle – better known simply as ‘Tinker’ to generations of San Marinans – passed away Monday morning. She was 83.
Born September 30, 1930, Tinker was the only child of Vivian Sydney Mason and Henry Bayer Maier of New Orleans.
During her years at McMain High School in New Orleans she was given the nickname ‘Tinker’ which she carried throughout her life.
At age 16, she entered Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she pledged Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She graduated with a B.S. degree in home economics with an emphasis on fashion design, and developed a lifelong love of football and the LSU Tigers.
Upon returning home from college, she took a job in the home economics department at New Orleans Public Service, a utility company, where she crafted recipes, taught cooking classes, and demonstrated the newest kitchen appliances to area homemakers.
It was through Public Service – and a fortuitous blind date – that she met the great love of her life, Emile Joseph Bayle. Emile was a bill deliverer for Public Service, a part-time job he worked while finishing his business degree at Tulane University. On September 19, 1953, Tinker and Emile married at St. James Major Catholic Church in New Orleans, and began the great adventure of their life together.
Their first adventure – a move to Syracuse, New York, for this Southern girl – brought lots of new experiences: cold weather foreign accents, and a baby girl, Lyle, in 1954. Thereafter, came Emile in 1956, David in 1959, and Avery in 1960. Adventures with babies were accompanied by adventures in moving – back to New Orleans, up to Baton Rouge, out to San Marino in 1966, a short half-year in Scarsdale, N.Y., and finally back to San Marino for good in 1970.
Throughout the years, faith and family were the driving focuses of Tinker’s life. She was entirely devoted to her husband and reveled in her vocation as wife, mother, and eventually, grandmother to six boys and six girls. Tinker loved the commotion, rambunctiousness and noise of a houseful of children and their friends – so different from that of an only child. She organized camping trips, sat through innumerable sports contests, led Girl and Cub Scouts, and shepherded her four children in a station wagon throughout the years. She radiated a love of God, faithfulness to the Church and boundless love to her family and friends.
As the years went on, her children grew, graduated and moved out into the world, Tinker and Emile spread their joy in each other to innumerable friends near and far. Gourmet meals, parties, civic involvement, and trips around the States (all 50) and the world (6 of the 7 continents – excepting Australia) expressed Tinker’s love of people and delight in the wonders of the world.
She was involved in PTA at Stoneman, Huntington Middle and San Marino High schools throughout her children’s school years. She became a member of the Assistance League of Pasadena, the San Marino chapter of National Charity League, and P.E.O. and maintained active involvement in the Christ Child Society of Pasadena and the Auxiliary of the Pregnancy Help Center of San Gabriel Valley. She was a faithful parishioner at SS. Felicitas & Perpetua Catholic Church in San Marino, involved with the Seniors Club and traveling on pilgrimages over the years.
On November 4, 2013, at her home in San Marino, she embarked on her final adventure in the care of Our Lord after a long illness. She will be greatly missed by her devoted husband of 60 years, Emile, and her four children and their spouses: Lyle (Kenneth) Hanf, Emile III (Terri), David (Kathy), and Avery (Andy) Barth.
Her grandchildren will always remember her boundless support of all their endeavors: Lyle Marie and Philip Hanf; Kevin, Jackson, and Madeleine Bayle; Christopher, Matthew, and Kerry Bayle; Emily, Catherine, Andrew, and Avery Barth. The family would like to extend our deep gratitude to her caregivers, Blanca Roberson and Yolanda Knights, for their loving care of Tinker, as well as the staff of Colonial Kitchen – Rosa, Lily, Sylvia, Jose and Armando – and owners Frank and Linda Chen for many years of exceptionally gracious hospitality.
A funeral Mass for Tinker will be celebrated on Saturday, November 9, at 11:00 a.m. at SS. Felicitas & Perpetua Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the USC Memory and Aging Center or the Pregnancy Help Center of San Gabriel Valley.
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