Shannon Marie Hyle (Martin): A Tribute
We Miss You, Shannon
On December 8, 2006, my youngest sister died unexpectedly at age 49. Shannon Hyle was a special person, not just to her immediate family, but to all who knew her. The church overflowed with bereft people the day of her funeral.
Now it is a few years later and our lives adjust to go on without Shannon. It comforts us to think she can peer down and approve the progress we've made through our grief. I'm sure she's thrilled that her daughter, Diana, finished graduate school and is working as a librarian. Diana is engaged to be married. She's equally thrilled to see her youngest, Samantha, has found a loving man to share her life with.
Shannon Was the Baby of the Martin Family - She was the youngest of the 6 Martin children
Shannon Martin with Her Winsome Smile
Four Sisters and a Brother
The photo shows Shannon with her sisters Cindy, Karen, Susan, Ginger and brother, Owen. Shannon was the youngest. This was the Christmas that Owen made humpbacked trunks for all his sisters and Mom.
Her daughter Samantha is in the picture also. Owen made Sam a step stool with her name on it.
Shannon at Work
Shannon worked at a hospital in Wichita, Kansas. She sterilized instruments that were used in operations. She worked there many years and was devoted to her co-workers. Right before she died, her daughter, Samantha started working there also.
More Photos of Shannon Marie Hyle
Shannon Made Elaborate Scrapbooks
Stamping Up - Shannon loved making stamped designs
Shannon Hyle's Stampin' Up Card Designs
More of Shannon's Card Designs - Click on each card to see it largerClick thumbnail to view full-size
Graphic credit - Zazzle
Ready Scrapper by HobbyTees
Shannon's Drawings (mostly from her high school days) - Click on any picture to see it largerClick thumbnail to view full-size
Shannon's Essay about Her Love for Author Georgette Heyer
- Life Without Georgette - Our Echo
Enjoy this essay that light-heartedly praises Georgette Heyer's writing.
Here's One of Shannon's Favorite Authors
- Elsie Lee (a favorite author of Shannon's) - Romantic Suspense and Historical Fiction...
Elsie Lee is an author that I keep on my bookshelf to read over and over. I never seem to tire of her intelligent, witty heroines. I discovered Elsie Lee back in the 1960s and 1970s, when romantic suspense novels were big sellers with Mary Stewart...
Books move into your house and into your heart
Shannon's Essay about Favorite Books - Falling In Love Among the Bookshelves
Shannon loved to read and reread certain authors like Georgette Heyer and Elsie Lee.
Here's the essay she wrote about her lifelong love of reading:
"When I was growing up in a Butler County farmhouse out in the country, money was hard to come by and not squandered. There was (gasp!) no TV set and not much besides my family and the livestock to entertain me. My brother and sisters were much older than me and busy with active school and social lives. So I was always the tagalong.
There were always books though. Once read, books were old friends, hanging around until I picked them up again. And I always read them again"
You'll find the whole essay in the link a little further down the page.
- Falling in Love Among the Bookshelves - Our Echo
This is on the website Our Echo. Shannon has other essays there as well. Click on the title to see the whole essay.
Shannon's Favorite Childhood Books
Shannon mentioned these books in her essay.
Lad: A Dog
This book by Terhune was a favorite of my sister's. I remember how much I loved it too. We enjoyed many of the same authors and were voracious readers.