Thursday, August 22, 2013
Turning 97 this month, Marjorie Lyle is the oldest member at White Oak United Methodist Church. The Summit View resident has many memories to share.
She studied dancing, primarily ballet, from age 4 until she married Erwin Lyle in 1937. She taught dance at the YWCA in Marietta, Ga., her hometown, from 1933-1937.
Erwin Lyle proposed on a trip to Rock City. The couple honeymooned in Chattanooga at the Patten Hotel and moved to the city when Erwin Lyle was transferred here in 1957.
Marjorie Lyle became a member of White Oak United Methodist in 1985 after she had met member Melody Rowland at a bargain table at a local department store.
Rowland asked her where she got the pattern for the wrap skirt she was wearing, and Lyle invited Rowland over for a cup of coffee and cut her a pattern.
“The people that belong here are the greatest in the world,” Lyle said of the congregation at WOUMC. “We love each other. Everyone is warm.”
She said one thing that has made getting older a little easier is a women’s group she belongs to at Summit View in which members discuss their feelings about growing older.
She said she also stays young by keeping active, such as playing Rook three times a week, reading a lot and watching her favorite team, the Atlanta Braves.
The advice she would give to those growing older who want to stay young at heart is to be friendly.
“Keep smiling and tell everyone hello,” said Lyle. “Whether you know it or not, once in a while, everybody needs that.”