Services to honor and celebrate the life of Enid Tyler will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at Christ Church Episcopal, 10901 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa, OK 74137. Enid passed away peacefully, at home, on Saturday, December 14, 2019, in Tulsa. She was 92.
Enid was born August 22, 1927, in Victoria Beach, Manitoba, Canada to Jon Axel Jonsson & Freda Ateah Jonsson. She enjoyed a lifetime of outdoor adventures with brothers Lloyd, Robert, Jack and sister Marlene. Some of her lifelong loves were horseback riding, waterskiing, canoeing, snow skiing, and spending spring & summer days in her flower gardens. She instilled a passion for the outdoors in her children and grandchildren. She loved her coffee with cream, often leaving a cup hanging outside on a tree branch when finished.
She attended Nurses Training at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1950. She began work in Public Health and traveled across Canada in a small bush plane and sometimes by dog sled. She moved from the west coast of Canada to California in the early ’50s where she met and married Richard Tyler. They had five children, Chris, Dean, Roberta, Marlene, and Maureen and lived in southern California before moving to Foyil, Oklahoma in 1966.
She became a United States citizen in 1965 and continued her beloved work as a nurse. Her career of 45 years included public health, general medicine, but her love was labor and delivery. She worked at the old General Hospital in Claremore until it closed, then transitioned to Claremore Regional where she became the Nurse Manager in labor and delivery for many years. She finished her career working with mothers & babies in Indian Health Services, retiring in 1995.
Enid will forever be remembered for her wit, playfulness, generosity, love of family & friends. She was loved & respected by co-workers for her incredible work ethic and passion for her work. She raised five successful children on her own, instilling high moral standards, the importance of higher education and devout faith in all of their lives. Other memories include annual road trip summer vacations to her treasured home in Victoria Beach, whooping joy-filled laughter, the way her eyes sparkled as she smiled, her signature red lipstick, (she never left the house without perfect lips), strings of pearls adorning her neck, love of all things ‘tea’ (teapots, teacups, teatime) knitting, the magical adventures her home and landscape brought to her grandchildren, lit by firefly fairies, make-believe forts in the “jungle”, the old barn, bonfires, wiener roasts, horseback rides and the rock pathway leading us back home.
Enid was a model of grace and faith, always quoting, “The Lord will provide.” She forever remained ensconced in her Anglican faith & was incredibly grateful for all that she had. Another favorite saying was “Praise the Lord and Pass the ammunition,” exclaiming her gratefulness. Peace and calm fill the hearts of those who remain, honoring her in life, knowing she is welcomed home by her son, and many loving family members. We know God is showing her unseen and unsearchable things. He is showing her how He formed the oceans and mountains and a full history of everything from His creation. The joy and wonder of this will remain with those left to carry Enid’s legacy. Surviving family include her children, Dean Tyler and wife Peggy, daughter-in-law Becky Tyler, her daughters Roberta Tyler, Marlene Davis and husband Kelly, and Maureen Crook and husband Jeff. She is also survived by her brother Lloyd Jonsson, sixteen grand-children and five great-grandchildren.
Enid was preceded in death by her parents Jon and Freda Jonsson, her brothers Jack and Rob, sister Marlene, and her son Christopher Shayne Tyler.