1938 – 2016
HARRISBURG — Mary Jane Tuttle (Lyons) died peacefully at home in the arms of her husband at 12:52 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, following seven weeks of faithful care from Hospice of Southern Illinois. She was 78.
Jane was the retired owner and proprietor of the former Myron’s, a women’s fashion retail business in downtown Harrisburg.
Jane was born April 29, 1938, in Harrisburg, one and a half blocks from her last residence, the middle child of Eli and Hannah (Thomas) Lasersohn.
Her parents founded Myron’s, the family business in 1933 which also included stores in Carmi, Marion, Carbondale and Vienna. Her father and his brother, Jack immigrated to America with their mother in 1913 from central Poland. Their mother, Feige (Fanny) worked while they were raised in the Jewish Children’s Home in St. Louis. Jane’s mother was a Harrisburg native and local beauty.
Jane was a graduate of Harrisburg High School, Class of 1956, and attended one year at H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College in New Orleans.
She married Eddie Seright and they had two children, Pam and Amy. Following his death she married Bob Dallas, from whom she was divorced. She was married Dr. Warren D. Tuttle for 23 years prior to his death in 2005.
Jane was an avid and masterful bridge player, a member of the Harrisburg Garden Club and of The First United Methodist Church, Harrisburg. She was a long-time practitioner of Yoga.
Preceding her in death were two husbands; her daughter, Amy Jo Seright; mother and father; elder brother, Dr. Jack Lasersohn of Seattle, Washington; son-in-law Joe Pearson; and virtually all her ancestors who remained in Europe.
Jane is survived by her husband, the Rev. Dr. Roger K. Lyons; daughter Pamela Nanette Pearson, Marion; sister, Jill and her husband Pete Dangerfield, Bay Village, Ohio; maternal aunt, Lida “Torchy” Schork, Harrisburg; beloved niece and nephews, Jill Ann Lasersohn, Jim Lasersohn, Jeff Lasersohn, John Lasersohn and Peter Dangerfield; and devoted cousins. In addition to her husband, she was attended by caring CNAs Kayliegh Reardanz, Kim Evetts, Mary Miller, Amelia Sumner, Kamika Trass, Shilea Sumner, Meghyn McDonald and Ashley Emery, as well as homemaker and friend, Kathy Reed.
Visitation for Mary Jane Tuttle will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, West Poplar Street in Harrisburg, followed immediately by Service of Death and Resurrection. Interment of her ashes will be per her request in the family plot in Sunset Lawn Cemetery in Harrisburg. A community reception for all who knew Jane will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Morello’s Banquet Room on East Poplar Street in Harrisburg.
Jane through her trust has provided generous bequests to First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg, and United Methodist Children’s Home in Mount Vernon. Personal gifts in Jane’s memory may be designated to ADRDA/Brain Bank, St. Louis University, 1 N. Grand Blvd., Room 319, St. Louis, Missouri 63103 (for dementia research), or to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, Illinois 62959.
Jane, whose life’s work was in Fashions would request that you buy an article of clothing, preferably in your shade of blue (her favorite color) and wear it often, in lieu of flowers.