Georgella Virginia Lyles 1928 - 2009 Lawrence

Funeral services for Georgella Virginia Lyles, 81, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ninth Street Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Ms. Lyles died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at the Hickory Pointe Care and Rehabilitation Center in Oskaloosa.
She was born April 12, 1928, in Sedalia, Mo., the daughter of Roma Richard and Eunice Odessa Gray Marshall. After graduating from Smith Cotton High in 1946, she moved to Kansas City, Mo.
Ms. Lyles moved to Lawrence in 1955 and graduated from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She was active in the community and instrumental in starting the first Head Start program in Lawrence. Ms. Lyles had worked for Valley View Nursing Home and Kansas University. She also operated a booth at Quantrill’s Flea Market for many years.
She married Clark Levion Lyles in 1951 in Sedalia, Mo. They divorced in 1971.
Survivors include two sons, Clark, Lawrence, and Clarence and wife Susan, St. Francis, Wis.; five daughters, Arnell Walker and Marsha Lyles-Cook, both of Lawrence, Terri Lyles, Kansas City, Mo., Lijia Lyles, Baldwin City, and Lori Pearson and husband Jarrett, Lawrence; two sisters, Bonnie Jones and husband Cecil, Bonham, Texas, and Willine Hardy, Sedalia, Mo.; three brothers, Albert Marshall and wife Geraldine, Warner Robins, Ga., Clarence Marshall and wife Rannie, Byron, Ga., and Charles Marshall and wife Wanda, Lawrence; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Raymond Eugene Marshall, and two grandsons, David Eugene Walker II and Ty Leon Lyles.
The family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
The family suggests memorials to Hickory Pointe Care and Rehabilitation Center, sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at, subject: Lyles.