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Betty Mobley Lyle, 99, of Hot Springs, was born Feb. 13, 1921, in Red Banks, Miss., and passed away March 14, 2020. She was the last remaining of the 10 children born to the late Milton and Laurie McAlexander Mobley.

On Sept. 1, 1945, she married Col. Lewis E. Lyle, U.S. Army Air Corps. Mrs. Lyle accompanied her husband to 12 stateside assignments, as well as, to French Morocco and the Bahamas. At each military locale she actively participated in welfare, charitable and social activities, including Family Assistance and Children Have a Potential programs.

In 1975, General and Mrs. Lyle moved to Hot Springs. She was an avid antique shopper, gardener, reader and supporter of her husband's numerous projects. She enjoyed entertaining friends and making a home both "livable and pretty."

Mrs. Lyle was a member and weekly volunteer of Friends of the Fordyce, First United Methodist Church, Garvan Gardens, The Trustees, 8th A.F. Historical Society and various social clubs. She was an ardent supporter of General Lyle in his 10 year quest to build the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force in Pooler, Georgia.

Mrs. Lyle is survived by her daughter, Lynda Harrod; and son, John Lyle and his wife, Daryl, all of Hot Springs; and grandchildren, Alyson Harrod, of Arlington, Va., and Lyla Harrod, of Salem, Mass.

Services for Mrs. Lyle will take place at Arlington National Cemetery and will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force, 175 Bourne Ave, Pooler, Georgia 31322.

Online tributes are available at

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