Gertrude "Polly" (Platt) Lytle, 86, of 7753 Tucker Hill Road, Houghton, peacefully departed to her Heavenly home on Friday, November 21, 2014, from Choteau, MT surrounded by family members.
Born August 28, 1928 in Angelica, NY, Gertrude was the daughter of Burton S. and Francis (Wyckoff) Platt. In 1945 she graduated from Wilsonian High School in Angelica and for a short time attended the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Buffalo NY. On Nov. 8, 1947, at the First Baptist Church of Angelica, she married Charles W. Lytle, who predeceased her on May 13, 2011.
Even from an early age, Polly was always busy serving others. Growing up she helped out in her parents' grocery store. She and her husband operated a dairy farm on West Almond Road near Angelica where they raised six children. After the children were grown, she worked many years as a custodian for the Allegany County Department of Social Services, retiring in January 1990. In their retirement years, Charles and Polly spent their winters in Brooksville, FL and their summers in Houghton, NY.
A life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Angelica, during her teen years Gertrude enjoyed singing in a quartet with her sister and friends June and Lena Phillips there. Throughout her lifetime whenever she and her sister Betty Lou (Platt) Shifley (who predeceased her on October 19, 2014) were together, harmonies were sure to be heard.
Gertrude enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, gardening, reading, and singing, but most of all she enjoyed hearing about and participating in the activities of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her entire life centered on faith in Jesus Christ and gratitude to God for His blessings.
Surviving are four daughters, Cheryl (Sam) Brown of Roanoke, VA; Diane (Horace) Emmons of Houghton, NY; Wendy (Jerry) Pelletier of Fernandina Beach, FL; Virginia (Mark) Kepple of Port Byron, NY; two sons, John (Karen) Lytle of Roaring Spring, PA; and Kevin (Patricia) of Fairfield, MT; twenty-two grandchildren, thirty-five great grandchildren, and twelve nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister.
A memorial service is to be held at the Angelica Baptist Church on June 6, 2015. Contributions in her memory may be given to the Angelica Baptist Church or the Hope of Africa youth mission established by her granddaughter Heather Lytle at 36 North Hunter's Way, Bozeman, MT 59718.
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