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Billie A. Tyson

Joe Denoyer - June 7, 2017 8:26 am

Billie A. Tyson, age 78, passed away early Monday morning, June 5, 2017, at the Brookdale Liberal Springs Senior Living Center, Liberal, Kansas.
 
She was born January 22, 1939, at Holcomb, Missouri, the daughter of Byron Lee and Amy Eldora (Borror) Mahan.  As a young girl she attended grade school in Centerville and later attended high school in Parker, Kansas, graduating from Parker Rural High School.  She later attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Kansas City.
 
On March 31, 1957, she married James Elwin Tyson.  After their marriage the couple moved to Plains, Kansas, in 1962.
 
She was a member of YWCA and an officer.  She reactivated the Plains Livewire 4-H Club and was Community Leader for 5 years.  She was a Brownie Girl Scout Leader for 3 years, also active in the Church as a Sunday School Teacher, serving on many committees in the church and UMW.  She was nominated for Outstanding Young Woman of America.  She was a Hunter Safety Instructor and was awarded by the Kansas Hunter Safety as the top woman instructor one year.  She was a member of the Pleasant Home Group, formerly Pleasant Home EHU.  She was a member of Plains Study Club for many years.  She was a professional cake decorator for 26 years and taught cake decorating classes at SWH through SCCC outreach program and was a licensed HAMM Radio Operator.
 
She enjoyed painting, reading, quilting, cake decorating, and spending time with her family and friends.
 
She is survived by her husband Elwin of Liberal, Kansas; two sons, Allen (Veruska) Tyson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and David (Pam) Tyson of Johnstown, Colorado; a daughter Connie (Martin) Knop of Tyrone, Oklahoma; two sisters, Margaret Weidt of California, and Dorothy (Joe) Myers of Sedgwick, Kansas; three grandchildren, Joshua (Emily) Knop, Amy (Nathan) Harmer, and Skyler Tyson; and a great-grandchild, Elisabeth Knop.
 
She is preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Edwin, Delmar, Walter, Jack, Leon, and Dale Mahan; and two sisters, Sylvia and Doris Jean.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Plains United Methodist Church, Plains.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday with the family present from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  Interment will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2017, at the Goodrich Cemetery, Goodrich, Kansas.
 
The family would welcome memorials to the Plains United Methodist Church Youth Fund in care of the funeral home.
 
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com