Lelia Esther Dyess, 95, passed away at her residence, Pueblo Villa Towers, in Pueblo, Colo., February 28, 2005. Survived by her nieces, Jackie Mallatt and Pam Garagosa, Sacramento, Calif., Georgia Brown, Elk Grove, Calif., and LaVina Perkins, Mt. Carmel, Ill.; and nephews, John and Gordan Kirkland, Mt. Carmel, Ill. Also survived by special friends and caregivers for many years, Virginia Daniels Vail and John Giarratano. Preceded in death by her husband, Lynn F. Dyess. Lelia was born January 15, 1910, to George and Cora Sharpe in Keensburg (Wabash County), Ill. Lelia's wit, humor and devoted friendship will be missed by all who knew and loved her. At her request, there will be no viewing or service. Private interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Esther always seemed to be such a strong woman. Since she and Lynn had no children their bond was so very strong; she kept on after Lynn died without any complaint. I remember her as a happy, laughing lady. She dealt with all her challenges with a smile. Living so far away meant it seems like forever since I’ve seen her; yet I know that she will always be in my heart. After all, she was my dad’s sister and she knew all the funny stories that he’d never tell!! We all had the chance to learn a lot from her about life. Georgia

  2. Annette Gutierrez, JoAnn Joques, & Robert Corpus
    A Lady ahead of her time who will be missed for her laughter and sense of humor.

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