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Shannon Marie Hyle (Martin): A Tribute

Updated on July 16, 2017
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I'm carrying on my mother's research into our family history. I've self-published some family memoirs & learned a lot about different eras.

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

The Martin kids (Shannon is the baby here)
The Martin kids (Shannon is the baby here)
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Shannon Martin with Her Winsome Smile

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Shannon"s Siblings

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 making phone calls for 4-H
Shannon making phone calls for 4-H | Source
Shannon - her senior year in high school
Shannon - her senior year in high school
Shannon in high school
Shannon in high school
Shannon (with kerchief), and her sisters, Karen and Susan, and Shannon's oldest daughter, Diana.
Shannon (with kerchief), and her sisters, Karen and Susan, and Shannon's oldest daughter, Diana.
Shannon Hyle and her daughter Diana
Shannon Hyle and her daughter Diana

Shannon Made Elaborate Scrapbooks

Here's a memory book that Shannon made about her work pals at the hospital.
Here's a memory book that Shannon made about her work pals at the hospital. | Source

Stamping Up - Shannon loved making stamped designs

The photo shows Shannon at the 2005 Nebraska Stamping Up convention. Shannon was a rep for Stampin Up and demonstrated the stamps and techniques at home parties.
The photo shows Shannon at the 2005 Nebraska Stamping Up convention. Shannon was a rep for Stampin Up and demonstrated the stamps and techniques at home parties.

Shannon Hyle's Stampin' Up Card Designs

Shannon Hyle's Stampin' Up Card Designs
Shannon Hyle's Stampin' Up Card Designs | Source

More of Shannon's Card Designs - Click on each card to see it larger

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Graphic credit - Zazzle
Ready Scrapper by HobbyTees

Shannon's Drawings (mostly from her high school days) - Click on any picture to see it larger

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She loved insects and raised some praying mantis from eggs once.Here she's having fun with thumbprint art.A design of a Thanksgiving feast. I included this one in my mother's book, My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing up in 1930s Kansas.Another insect drawing by Shannon.
She loved insects and raised some praying mantis from eggs once.
She loved insects and raised some praying mantis from eggs once.
Here she's having fun with thumbprint art.
Here she's having fun with thumbprint art.
A design of a Thanksgiving feast. I included this one in my mother's book, My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing up in 1930s Kansas.
A design of a Thanksgiving feast. I included this one in my mother's book, My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing up in 1930s Kansas.
Another insect drawing by Shannon.
Another insect drawing by Shannon.

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.

Shannon's Favorite Childhood Books

Shannon mentioned these books in her essay.

Lad: A Dog

Lad: A Dog
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.

 

Shannon and Her Husband Dave Hyle Organized Beauty Pageants - with their regional camping group

Here's one of Shannon's daughters at a pageant rehearsal.
Here's one of Shannon's daughters at a pageant rehearsal. | Source

Thank You for Stopping By & Please Sign the Guest Book - Did You Know Shannon?

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      Linda Hahn 5 years ago from California

      Although I did not know Shannon, I am the oldest of six and my brothers and sisters mean more than I can say.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Sorry about losing your sister. What a nice tribute to her.

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      I am sorry for your loss, your sister sounded wonderful.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Frischy: She was pretty special. Thanks so much for visiting my tribute page.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      This is a great way to memorialize your sister. She seems like a fine lady and I know you miss her very much. Although I did not know Shannon I enjoyed reading the things she wrote, looking at the pictures and photos. I would have liked to have known her. We shared many interests, including wearing bandannas in our hair!

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      AJ 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful tribute! I'm sorry you lost Shannon at such a young age.

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      priscillab 6 years ago

      What a beautiful tribute! You focused on how special your sister was and what she loved in her life. I am sure that this was very healing for you to do. Thanks for sharing your memories of who your sister was.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      A beautiful tribute.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hope you come out stronger by paying tribute and writing about her. I know that we can never forget our loving ones, they come again and again in memories, in things we did together and so many other occasions. Whenever I feel sad and remember my deceased mother, I always make it a point to pray for her, feel positive. Making a point to never feel depressed, so that - where-ever she is, it ensures that she receives positive vibrations and not the sad ones. Send positive vibrations to people, it helps.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Thanks to your very moving tribute, I had 100% of the questions. I hope writing this has helped somewhat with grief that must still be very real.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Virginia, my beloved sister that I lost almost a year ago, was called Evansville, Indiana's "Ladybug Lady," because her whole house was filled with various ladybug related items, most of which I sent to her. She also had ladybug earrings and necklace that I sent her. I had no idea we had so much in common in this respect. Wonderful tribute to a wonderful sister.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I did not know Shannon but now, after reading your lovely tribute to her, I feel as though I did. Thank you for sharing your love of your sister with all of us.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a splendid tribute to Shannon you've made, Ginger! I love it from end to end.

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      Virginia Allain 8 years ago from Central Florida

      Shannon mentioned these in her essay.