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Lyla Marie (Meeker) Bechard

Posted 2023-05-25 by mhenderson
Published by Today's News Herald from May 23 to May 24, 2023 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

Lyla Marie (Meeker) Bechard devoted wife, mother, grandma and great-
grandma, passed away May 17 of AML.

She was born March 21, 1948 in Eldora, Iowa, the second of four
daughters born to Willard and Mary Meeker. She married Nick Bechard May
31, 1968 and they had one daughter Tiffany (Bechard) Berry.

Lyla was a nurse for 44 years. She spent 10 years at Iowa Methodist
Medical Center in Des Moines and worked at Havasu Regional Medical
Center for 33 years after moving to Lake Havasu City in 1985. She
believed strongly in her profession and took great pride in her work and
the younger nurses she helped train. She wore a "proper" nursing uniform
to work every single day and is remembered by both coworkers and
patients as, "The nurse in the white dress."

Lyla loved nursing but her greatest joy was her family. She and Nick
shared a marriage of nearly 55 years, one daughter, four grandchildren,
and six grandsons. She loved to cook, and dinner at Grandma Lyla's was a
weekly event for her family and their friends.

She was an active member of Saint Michael's Methodist Church and enjoyed
weekly Tai Chi and hula hooping, and going for walks in Rotary park.
She was proceeded in death by her parents Willard and Mary Meeker and
her youngest sister, Dorothy Bear.

She is survived by her husband Nick( LHC), her sisters Susie Reese
(Eldora, Iowa) and Jean Hempel and husband Steve (Omaha, Nebraska), her
daughter Tiffany Berry (LHC), former son-in-law Chris Berry (LHC), her
grandchildren Nick Berry (North Carolina), Christopher Berry (LHC),
Donovan Berry and wife Katrisa (LHC) and Caitlin Berry (LHC) as well as
grandsons Christopher (CJ), Jayson, Kade, Emett, Ethan and Grayson.

We are all so blessed to have learned how to love from her. Her legacy
of loving and caring for others lives on in the nurses she taught and
the family she loved. We will miss you Mom, until we meet again.

Services will be held Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. at St Michael's United
Methodist Church.

Services were entrusted to the care of Lietz Fraze Funeral Home.

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