Doris Lyke

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Doris Marie Lyke, nee Reynolds, 102, of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of Belleville, IL, born December 10, 1919, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, April 29, 2022, at The Beatitudes Senior Living Center, Phoenix, AZ.

Mrs. Lyke attended High Mount Elementary School and graduated from Belleville Township High School – Class of 1937. She worked as a domestic engineer until she retired. Doris was a member of the Red Hat Society, the Daughters of Isabella, and a District 118 mentor at Jefferson Elementary School, Belleville, IL. She volunteered as a reader for MindsEye at The Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Doris was a faithful member of St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and coordinator of meals for the Diocesan Christmas Dinner. Mrs. Lyke confessed a hope in Jesus Christ and demonstrated her faith through her actions.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Gilbert H. Lyke, whom she married on January 17, 1941, and who died on December 17, 2002; her parents, George and Sophie, nee Jarrett, Reynolds; and three brothers, Eulis Reynolds, George Ellis Reynolds, and James Reynolds.

She leaves to cherish her memory her three children, William S. Lyke, Virgil E. (Betty) Lyke, Doris Ann (LeRoy) Isbell;
a daughter-in-law, Beverly Lyke;
seven grandchildren, William Jr. (Tracy) Lyke, Stephanie (Randy) Higgins, Michael (Jenn) Lyke, Christopher Lyke, Andrea Isbell, Jason Isbell, and Leah (Derricus) Woods;
nine great-grandchildren, Armon Wallace, Maxwell Lyke, Isaiah Lyke, Andrew Lyke, Alexander Higgins, Josiah Isbell, Iyanna Woods, Deriyah Woods, and Jackson Woods;
and a host of friends and family and the wonderful staff and employees at the Beatitudes Senior Living Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Doris Lyke’s name, to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

 Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2022, at St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. James Voelker officiating.

Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


35 Comments on Doris Lyke

Kate Shinopoulos said : Guest Report May 29, 2022 at 9:54 AM

Was blessed to know Grandma for almost 20 years. She was Grandma to Mike Lyke, my nephew-in-law, and to her other lucky grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Even though she wasn’t my grandmother, I also called her Grandma because she made me feel like part of her family. She was a ray of sunshine in my life and in the lives of so many others. Grandma once told me that she had started a lending library in her house. To me this was typical of the way she lived her life. Grandma loved to share her blessings, she loved to help people, she loved to make people happy, and she loved to learn. She also loved to teach, at least in later years, and created wonderful Black History Month displays each February for her senior residence in Arizona. She wanted others to appreciate the accomplishments of African-American civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King as well as African-American authors, statesmen, musicians, scientists, and artists. She admired them all, but I think she had a special place in her heart for Barack Obama. Whenever I think of Grandma, I think of her powerful love first and foremost, especially for her family, but I also think of her smile, her laugh, her sense of humor, and her style – especially her famous hats. Last but not least, I think of the mountain of family photos she collected so she could watch her family grow and keep them all close by. Once in a while, God sends someone special to earth to cheer the weary heart, to demonstrate the power of love, and teach us how to be better human beings - Doris Reynolds Lyke was one of those special people. My deepest sympathy to Grandma Lyke’s entire family. May she rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon her.

  • Westwood
  • Massachusette
Jeannine Warford said : Guest Report May 25, 2022 at 2:09 PM

She was a great lady. It was a privilege to have known her. My sympathy to Bill and all the family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Rev. and Mrs, Cecil & Sharon K. Crowe said : Guest Report May 22, 2022 at 4:51 PM

Sorry that we wasn't with you; but you are in our prayers. I hold, Mrs. Lyke in heart. Ever since her daughter and I, was born in same year; so had birthday parties together. Love you, Mother Lyke!!! I will miss you; but you always in my heart.

  • Belleville,
  • Illinois
Tim Gifford said : Guest Report May 12, 2022 at 11:39 AM

So sorry to hear of Mrs Lyke's passing. She and Mr. Lyke were staples of my years growing up in St. Luke's parish. They are remembered and missed.. My condolences and sympathy

  • Belleville
  • IL
Angelique Brown said : Guest Report May 12, 2022 at 6:23 AM

Our love and prayers are with you. Moma Doris has been a blessing to many. Her legacy lives in you. Rest easy. Well done good and faithful servant.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Ron Chaput said : Guest Report May 11, 2022 at 6:34 PM

Virgil, Bill, Doris please accept my sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Joyce Isbell-Ipaye said : Guest Report May 11, 2022 at 3:12 PM

I will always remember her beautiful smile and the look of mischief in the twinkling in her eyes. I always admired her feisty ways. It was always enjoyable to be around her. I wish the family well. I know her soul is resting in perfect peace with God and her beloved. Love you all!

  • Oklahoma City
  • OK
Dennis Knolhoff said : Guest Report May 11, 2022 at 12:42 PM

Bill and Virgil sorry for the loss of your mother. She lived a full and wonderful life, My sincere condolences, Your dad and my dad were my first baseball coaches, I have fond memories of your family.

  • O Fallon
  • Illinois
Joe & Kathleen Davis said : Guest Report May 11, 2022 at 9:25 AM

Lyke Family, Sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in our prayers. Doris was a great lady. We knew her when we lived in Belleville. Some of you went to school with our children. Heaven has another angel.

  • Linwood
  • Kansas
Toni Whittaker said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 10:49 PM

Expressing my condolence s to your family on the loss of your mother. God has called home one of his Angel's.

  • E. St. Louiz
  • Il
Sue Zimbelman said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 10:18 PM

Doris Ann, I loved your mom. I have such fond memories of staying at your house when we were little. She made me feel so welcome and she had an amazing warmth about her. She was an awesome role model for all of us. You are all in my prayers.

  • Rolling Hills
  • WY
Jane Appel Gaubatz said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 7:56 PM

Virgil, Doris Ann and Will, and Families. My Sympathy to all of you. You were blessed with wonderful parents. May your memories bring you the comfort that you need at this time. God bless everyone. Jane Appel Gaubatz

  • Lebanon
  • Illinois
Melissa A Russell said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 2:16 PM

Bill, so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Betty kohl bolt said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 10:29 AM

doris was a very kind and carring laddy and sorry for the family loss.

  • Smithton, Il
  • IL
Mary Harries said : Guest Report May 09, 2022 at 6:32 PM

Doris and Leroy, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful mother. I never met her but felt like I knew her after our conversations about her. May she Rest In Peace. God bless.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
MARY JANE OLIVER said : Guest Report May 08, 2022 at 6:15 PM

My sympathy for this great loss in your lives. Prayers for comfort and peace. May eternal light shine upon her.

  • Forsyth
  • IL
Mary( Schaefer )Virgin said : Guest Report May 08, 2022 at 4:10 PM

Condolences to the family of a wonderful lady. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Deanna Behrman said : Guest Report May 08, 2022 at 12:50 PM

Dear Doris, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was one of the best people that I ever had the privilege of knowing. She had a long and blessed life and she and all of your family will be in my prayers. Deanna

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Bridget Juen said : Guest Report May 08, 2022 at 6:57 AM

Dear Doris Ann, Virgil, Bill and Family, Your Momma was the Best! Doris always had a welcoming smile that lit up a room and a voice that invited you in to chat. She made you feel loved. My husband Bob, the oldest of 7, shared many stories about both Gilbert and Doris. Bob was shadowing Gilbert as he was working on home improvements and Gilbert was so patient with him, Bob then a curious boy, was following him as he installed insulation in the attic and Gilbert had this little boy bugging him in a tight area. My favorite story is about how Doris comforted Bob's little sister when she was crying. She held her gently on her lap and soothed her, making everything better. Doris welcomed the children home from school and took time to listen to little ones that needed to be heard. Doris will be sorely missed by our family but her stories will live on in ours. Thank you Doris for helping to rear my husband and helping to mold him into the kind man he is today. With Sincere Sympathy, Bob & Bridget

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sharon&Stephen Sathoff said : Guest Report May 07, 2022 at 5:44 PM

Sorry for your lost.. She was a great lady. She was always happy.

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Bridget A Juen said : Guest Report May 07, 2022 at 5:31 PM

Dear Doris Ann,Virgil, Bill and Family, Your Momma was the best! She gave a smile that lit up a room and a voice that brought acceptance and welcome to anyone she talked to. I am lucky enough to have heard many stories about both Doris and Gilbert and how awesome it was to have them in their lives. Bob, my husband, the oldest of 7 shared stories of shadowing Gilbert as he worked on home improvements and how patient he was with Bob, who was a young curious boy. Then my favorite story is about Doris comforting the younger children and holding them close and easing their pain. She was a lady who knew how to soothe a crying 3 year old and give a smile that welcomed the children home from school and lended a listening ear to little ones needing to be heard. Thank you Doris for helping to rear my husband and his siblings into caring kind adults. You will be sorely missed and your stories will live on in our family. Love, Bob & Bridget

  • IL
Ben Kirchoff said : Guest Report May 07, 2022 at 3:42 PM

Doris was so much loved and a guiding light me. Rest in peace.

  • O'fallon
  • IL
Leola Isbell said : Guest Report May 07, 2022 at 12:01 PM

Praying for strength & comfort. !! Anyone who. met Ms. Doris can never forget her ! Such a beautiful & Godly woman who always spoke soft. ,& encouraging words ! Loveyou so much family ! Rest in Heaven Ms. Doris !!

  • Oklahoma City
  • Oklahoma
Paul Brown said : Guest Report May 07, 2022 at 9:49 AM

Bill, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.. Sincerely. Paul and Janise

  • Quincy
  • Illinois
Jenn Lyke said : Guest Report May 07, 2022 at 8:36 AM

Thank you, Grandma for your extraordinary, faith-filled example. You loved bigger than anyone I’ve ever met. Your grace, warmth, zest for life, and joy made you one of a kind. You welcomed all into your circle with great love and treated friends like family. There will never be a better example of how to live life well and for 102 years. Sending love to all who will greatly miss your presence here on earth. Keep watching over your beloved great grandchildren as they grow into adulthood. ❤️

  • Belleville
  • IL
Terry Schwarz said : Guest Report May 07, 2022 at 7:56 AM

RIP Doris

  • Daytona Beach
  • Florida
Vivian somaowolo said : Guest Report May 07, 2022 at 1:06 AM

My deepest sympathy and condeleances to the entire family She was lovely and nice lad6

  • Phoenix
  • Az
Vivian somaowolo said : Guest Report May 07, 2022 at 1:05 AM

My deepest sympathy and condeleances for the entire family

  • Phoenix
  • Az
Connie Barre said : Guest Report May 07, 2022 at 12:12 AM

I met Doris when I became the coordinator of religious education at St. Luke’s! She was so excited to become a part of Vacation Bible School so she could include her grandchildren! Our paths continued to grow and I became a teacher and Jefferson School. I reached out to Dorisz( and those who knew and loved her) she could never say NO! She touched so many lives until she parted to sunny pastures in Arizona-May she Rest In Peace!!!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Vera and Doran Beckwith said : Guest Report May 06, 2022 at 9:40 PM

Our prayers are with all of you during these difficult times. Praying for strength

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Ruby Collier said : Guest Report May 06, 2022 at 6:06 PM

I meet Mrs Doris in March of 2019 and we instantly became friends and pen pals. I was in awe of her, at 99 yrs of age she was so sharp. We corresponded with letters and pictures and newspapers clippings ( She would send me the latest happenings in Phoenix). What a beautiful lady, that I will always remember. My deepest condolences to her family.

  • Missouri City
  • Texas
Andrew Lyke said : Guest Report May 06, 2022 at 5:29 PM

Thank you, cousin Doris, for welcoming Terri and me, our kids, and our grandkids into your circle of love. You have been grace from God to us. Rest peaceful in the everlasting arms of God.

  • Matteson
  • Illinois
Diana clark said : Guest Report May 06, 2022 at 3:48 PM

You were such a beautiful soul and we are all blessed to have had you for a friend.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Cecelia Schniers said : Guest Report May 06, 2022 at 3:24 PM

Deepest sympathy. Truly a lovely lady

  • Belleville
  • Il
Geraldine Scott (Crowe) said : Guest Report May 06, 2022 at 3:19 PM

Sorry for your loss you have my deepest sympathy

  • IL

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