Lyla Louise Strauch Lett, 67, Retired Teacher
- Deceased's name: Lyla Louise Strauch Lett
- Survived by: Austin Lett, Jr., husband; Heather Lett Reed and Travis Lett, children; James Reed, grandson; Carol Hetrick, sister.
Lyla Louise Strauch Lett of Costa Mesa, CA, a former schoolteacher in Chatham, died on Mar. 27 after a three-year struggle against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She was 67. Lett was born and raised on her family's farm in Lindsey, OH, lived in Barrington, IL before settling in Chatham in 1979, where she and her husband lived until moving to Utah in 2005 and to California in 2009. She earned a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a master's degree in education from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She married Austin Lett in 1971 and the couple raised their children in Chatham. Lett had a 35-year career as an elementary school teacher, and was a longtime first grade teacher at Southern Boulevard School in Chatham Township. After moving to St. George, Utah, to retire, Lett nonetheless began working full-time again as a second grade teacher in the local school system. Besides being a devoted wife, mother and teacher, she was a supporter of organic gardening, an accomplished pianist and an advocate for animals. Memorial donations may be sent to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, at 520 8th Ave, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10018 or at www.ASPCA.org.