Chesley Lynne White


Chesley Lynne White burst into this world on Oct. 23, 1945, with clear orders to change it. She began making a difference for the good right away from her home in Tyler. Over the next 67 years, she would touch thousands of lives, help hundreds of people, and leave the world better than she found it on Sept. 23, 2013. She joins her parents, Roy and Billie White, in spirit. She leaves behind her brother, Alan White and his wife Debbie; nieces, Nicole and Ana, and Nicole's husband, Willie; as well as numerous cousins and friends.
Lynne grew up in Tyler, always active in her church (First Christian-Disciples of Christ). She was a hippie to the core, embracing the music, the spirit and the deeper tenets of the movement. Committed to helping people, she went to college at Phillips University in Enid, Okla., and Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif. She remained in the Oakland area where she was ordained an Episcopal priest and went on to co-found the Church and Community of Mary Magdalene the Apostle. There she led worship and shared her music, and helped develop many programs advocating for women in the community over the next dozen years. After her time there, she traveled for several years, continuing to share her music and spirit with old friends and new, helping wherever she could. She returned to the family home in Tyler and took excellent care of her mother until her death in 2008. Lynne finally made her way to Dallas in 2010 to be close to longtime friends. In the process, she made fast and close friends with her neighbors feeding their bodies as well as their souls. Her new life was short-lived as she succumbed to cancer only three years later.
As a citizen, Lynne taught us the value of community and helping one another. As a friend, she taught us to celebrate the "now." As a family member, she taught us to do right by each other, especially our parents. Lynne's last desire was to be at home and go out pickin' and grinnin' with friends and family. Alan, Jerry and hospice made that possible for her, attending her every need. She spent her last few weeks at home - making music and enjoying final visits with family, friends and neighbors. On Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, only a half hour after the priest anointed her and, surrounded by those she loved, she left us. She had work to do and was called to get on with it. We will miss her greatly.
A memorial service will be at The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest at Spring Valley Road in Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at 1 p.m.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Oct. 4, 2013