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Susan Lyles
  • June 24, 1955
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  • August 09, 2020

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Susan Jay Matheson Lyles, 65, of The Villages, Florida,  passed away August 9th, 2020, after an intense battle with colon cancer.

Born in Waterville, Maine, on June 24th, 1955, Sue was the daughter of the late Delbert D. Matheson and Thelma P. Matheson,  Sue grew up in Waterville as the third child out of four in her family. In high school, she fell in love with languages and competed on the Spanish debate team. Sue graduated from Waterville High School in 1973 and attended Bucknell University where she graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.

After graduating from Bucknell, Sue moved to Washington, DC to live with her brother and sister-in-law while attending travel school. She worked as a travel agent for two years before joining Airline Tariff Publishing Company in November of 1979 as a Junior Tariff Compiler. After working for ATPCO for thirty-four years, Sue retired as a Product Specialist in 2013.

She married Donald Lyles in 1981, and they lived together in Herndon, Virginia, for thirty years before relocating to The Villages in Florida. Sue is survived by her husband Donald, and her three daughters: Amanda Lyles, of Seoul, South Korea; Jo Lyles Jones and her husband Shane Jones, of Stafford, Virginia; MollyJane Connor and her husband Ethan Connor, of Charleston, South Carolina; and her two grandchildren Raina and Ryder Jones. She is also survived by her mother Thelma of Waterville, Maine; her brother Delbert “Don” Matheson and his wife Jenelle of Fort Collins, Colorado; his sister Jane Matheson of Biddeford, Maine; and her sister Deborah M. Fabian and her husband Mark Fabian of Oak Hill, Virginia.  Sue was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.

Sue was described by people who knew her as a  kind woman with a wonderful heart. She was quick-witted and always blew everyone out of the water while watching Jeopardy. Sue loved returning to Maine, especially in the summer. The lake in Maine with her family was her favorite place to be. She could float in the lake for hours and enjoyed listening to the loons at night. In Florida, she enjoyed many activities including book club, mahjong, trivia night at World of Beer, and especially golf with the Hollywood group.

The family plans to bury her in Mount Comfort Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia, and also to scatter some of her ashes at her family’s camp on the lake in Maine. A burial ceremony will be planned for next year when all family and friends can safely attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that people send memorial donations in Sue’s name to support colon cancer research or to Maine Audubon to preserve Maine’s wildlife and environment.


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  1. 01 Sep 2020
    Janeen Forys lit a candle:
    Lit since September 1, 2020 at 9:44:56 PM

  2. 23 Aug 2020
    Carol Chen says:
    Sue Matheson was one of my best friends in highschool, the best you could have! She was at ease with life, so comfortable and simply nice to be around; she could see the funniness in our Waterville lives; and she had an incredibly sane and welcoming family. We all hung out in each other's kitchen, and at the Mathesons, her mom and dad were always eager to hear about our ideas and news. Knowing Sue, you knew her whole tribe--Don, Jane, Debbie, Sue's aunt and uncle....and then came Don's new wife, Janelle, who bought mushrooms from China for America's pizzas! So we grew up, we went our separate ways, but Sue made sure to send wonderful Christmas cards over the years. She and her equally pleasant, level-headed husband Don took the time to look me up a few years back. As my sister said, Sue had not changed a bit from the lively, positive person of our youth. This goodbye had to come way too early, but I will never forget the laughter and nuttiness that came from knowing Sue--Totoya! Yvette Bonneau! Y Batuis!

  3. 21 Aug 2020
    Jodi Holtzman says:
    I worked with Sue for many years over which she shared many stories about her 3 girls - you were the lights of her life - I’m so sorry for your loss - Deepest sympathy,

  4. 17 Aug 2020
    Treva Gregory says:
    Sue and I worked together at ATPCO for over 30 years and I can honestly say Sue was one of the nicest people I have ever known. She had a kind, gentle and calming spirit about her and that smile could light up any room. Sue had a brilliant mind and could solve any problem regardless of complexity. Sue was one of our resident experts and mentored so many of us with her expertise.

    We got to know each other personally. We had so many discussions about our families and forever planning our retirement. I know how much Sue truly loved her entire family. There was such joy when she talked about Don and the girls.

    To Don and family, you have my deepest sympathy. I know that this is a difficult time and pray that God will provide you peace and comfort. We are all blessed to have known Sue if only for a short time. God Bless You!

  5. 15 Aug 2020
    Jane Matheson lit a candle:
    Lit since August 15, 2020 at 8:33:00 PM

  6. 14 Aug 2020
    Robbin Weston says:
    Suey as many Bucknellians knew her was a dear friend.
    Her heart was always full and her smile was always bright.
    I will miss you my dear friend but your heart and your smile will be with me in my soul.
    Rest in God's peace,
    Robbin

  7. 14 Aug 2020
    barbara miller says:
    Sue was such a nice person to know. It was a pleasure to work with her. My deepest sympathy to the family.
    B. Miller

  8. 13 Aug 2020
    Jo Lyles posted an image:
    Mathesons in Maine
    Mathesons in Maine

  9. 13 Aug 2020
    Jo Lyles posted an image:
    Shopping trip with 2 of her daughters
    Shopping trip with 2 of her daughters

  10. 13 Aug 2020
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    Holding her sleeping grandson
    Holding her sleeping grandson

  11. 13 Aug 2020
    Jo Lyles posted an image:
    Me and mom paused for a selfie while enjoying drinks at Bigelow Brewery.
    Me and mom paused for a selfie while enjoying drinks at Bigelow Brewery.

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  16. 12 Aug 2020
    Lois Kyle says:
    Sue was a delight to work with, and I am thankful for the many wonderful memories and work experiences that we shared over the years, at ATPCO. My sincere sympathy to Don, Amanda, Jo and Molly for your tremendous loss. Heaven has a beautiful new angel.
    Respectfully,
    Lois Kyle

  17. 12 Aug 2020
    Jane Matheson posted an image:
    Four generations at China Lake in Maine.  Sue with her mom, daughter Jo, and grandchildren Raina and Ryder
    Four generations at China Lake in Maine. Sue with her mom, daughter Jo, and grandchildren Raina and Ryder

  18. 12 Aug 2020
    George Belt posted an image:
    Vintage ATPCO - Ann Lowden, red shirt? Mary Ann Smith?, Sue Lyles
    Vintage ATPCO - Ann Lowden, red shirt? Mary Ann Smith?, Sue Lyles

  19. 12 Aug 2020
    George Belt posted an image:
    Cowboy hats, long time back - Name?, Sue Lyles, Jimmy Jinks
    Cowboy hats, long time back - Name?, Sue Lyles, Jimmy Jinks

  20. 12 Aug 2020
    George Belt posted an image:
    2005 Holiday Party - John Sheers, Richard Henry, Fred Foote, Sue Lyles
    2005 Holiday Party - John Sheers, Richard Henry, Fred Foote, Sue Lyles

  21. 12 Aug 2020
    George Belt posted an image:
    Sue telling stories at Ann Lowden's Holiday Party 2006.
    Sue telling stories at Ann Lowden's Holiday Party 2006.

  22. 12 Aug 2020
    George posted an image:
    2006 Holiday Party at Ann Lowden's
    2006 Holiday Party at Ann Lowden's

  23. 12 Aug 2020
    George posted an image:
    2007 Holiday Party - Marcy, Sue, Sara, Laura
    2007 Holiday Party - Marcy, Sue, Sara, Laura

  24. 12 Aug 2020
    George Belt posted an image:
    ATPCO Global Conference 2013_Neil Sue Shelly Aparna Anne George
    ATPCO Global Conference 2013_Neil Sue Shelly Aparna Anne George

  25. 11 Aug 2020
    Barbara & Mark Head lit a candle:
    Lit since August 11, 2020 at 8:43:37 PM

  26. 11 Aug 2020
    Charles Walker says:
    I worked with Sue at Airline Tariff Publishing Company for 28 years and never met a person there who did not get along with her. She was always friendly, kind and calm and often the voice of reason during intense meetings. While her passing is premature, it is comforting to know she lived a full and good life and was surrounded by loving family.

  27. 11 Aug 2020
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    Lit since August 11, 2020 at 8:00:58 PM

  28. 11 Aug 2020
    Sandy El Oukili says:
    I am sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  29. 11 Aug 2020
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    Lit since August 11, 2020 at 8:33:24 PM

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  31. 11 Aug 2020
    Jane Matheson posted an image:
    Don, Deb, Sue and Jane at China Lake
    Don, Deb, Sue and Jane at China Lake

  32. 11 Aug 2020
    Ann Lowden lit a candle:
    Lit since August 11, 2020 at 8:54:23 PM

  33. 11 Aug 2020
    Ann Lowden says:
    God sent the world a beautiful gift in Sue, such a kind, caring and smart lady. I have so many fond memories of her support , caring and humor. Sue always gave of herself to everything, extra time and extra caring. She supported the team and having her by my side for nearly 25 years at work ,I never stopped appreciating the kindness and support she gave to everyone. We all loved Sue, how can you not.

    To Don and the girls our deepest sympathy. Sue took us along the journey of you three girls growing up, actually all the way back to pregnancy for Molly. Sue was always talking about you and how proud she was of each of you. Now as wonderful ladies you are the tribute to Sue as a mom and mentor.

  34. 11 Aug 2020
    Anne Kolodziej says:
    I was very sad to hear of Sue's passing. Sue and I were colleagues at ATPCO and I considered her one of my mentors. She was kind and wonderful and she loved her family dearly. I'll miss her but have fun memories to smile about forever. Rest in peace, Sue.

  35. 11 Aug 2020
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    Lit since August 11, 2020 at 8:24:30 PM

  36. 11 Aug 2020
    Kimberly Slaby says:
    Sue was my colleague at ATPCO. Working with her was always a pleasure. Her patience and knowledge were unparalleled. My deepest condolences to her family.

  37. 11 Aug 2020
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    Lit since August 11, 2020 at 8:23:22 PM

  38. 11 Aug 2020
    Maryanne Berezny Smith says:
    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, for I always thought there would be time to get together again... I truly enjoyed knowing you, hearing about your family and working alongside you for many years.

  39. 11 Aug 2020
    Regina Friedman says:
    I am so sorry for your terrible loss. I met Sue at our first Travel Agency job - Mercury Travel on M Street in D.C. and a couple years later she got me an interview at ATPCO. We were both pregnant with our first children at the same time which started a baby trend at work. I stayed home with my children several years but was happy to reconnect with Sue when I returned to work at ATPCO. She seemed very excited about retiring to the Villages and I am glad that she had time with her family and her retirement. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed.

    Regina Friedman

  40. 11 Aug 2020
    Katie Hazard says:
    She was the kind of woman you look up to and aspire to be. My heart is with the entire Lyles/Matheson family. She was a shining light to everyone around her and will be greatly missed.

  41. 11 Aug 2020
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  44. 11 Aug 2020
    Shane Jones says:
    She will be greatly missed, but she will always be in our hearts

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    Lit since August 11, 2020 at 8:35:18 PM

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  50. 11 Aug 2020
    Jan & Bill Prosser posted an image:
    Norway cruise with Sue and Don<br />
June 2019. Best cruise!!
    Norway cruise with Sue and Don
    June 2019. Best cruise!!

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