Ancestors of Mary Lee “Mayme” (Sayre) Light

This page includes photos of Mayme‘s:
Father: Charles Dewey Sayre
Mother: Eliza Jane “Lyle” (Spear) Sayre
Maternal Grandmother: Jane Blanchard (Putnam) Spear
Maternal Aunt: Jeanette “Nettie” Frances Spear (Aunt Tie)

Mayme’s Father: Charles Dewey Sayre (1838-1912)

1897 Charles Dewey Sayre (age 59) in Albuquerque.

Charles Dewey Sayre with grandchildren Jack and Frances Light.

Charles Dewey Sayre with grandson Jack (John Sayre) Light Sr.

Mayme’s Mother: Eliza Jane “Lyle” (Spear) Sayre (1841-1925)

Lyle (age 49) on the left, with daughter Blanche (Sayre) Turner (back) and granddaughter Janet Turner (front), and mother Jane (age 73) on the right.


Lyle (age 79) in 1920.

Lyle passed away in 1925. Here is the newspaper report of the funeral:

Winfield Daily Courier
Monday, July 13, 1925
Page 2
Mrs. Eliza J. Sayre
The funeral services for Mrs. Eliza J. Sayre, were held this morning at nine-thirty o’clock from the home of her daughter Mrs. M.B. Light, 313 East Tenth Avenue. The home was filled with a large gathering of her personal friends and of friends of the family to pay their tributes of love and respect to her memory. The floral tributes were unusually beautiful and many pieces being sent from friends from Long Beach, Pasadena, Calif., and from Wabash, Indiana, her old home.
Rev. J.M. McClelland of the First Methodist Episcopal church officiated and his remarks were very beautiful and appropriate and were in keeping with the beautiful life of the deceased.
Mrs. George McNeish sang “The City Foursquare” and “Crossing The Bar.” She was accompanied by Mrs. E.H. Pierce at the piano. The pall bearers were L.C. Barnard, Lewis Boys, H.J. Wright, A.F. Dauber, H.E. Kibbe, D.H. Sickafouse. The banks of the city out of respect closed during the hour of the funeral. The body was laid to rest beside that of her husband in Union cemetery.
The following sketch was read by Rev. McClelland:
Eliza J. Spear was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, April 18, 1841, the daughter of Elisha and Jane Spear of Colonial ancestry. While quite young, her family removed to Munieir, Indiana, and there she grew to womanhood. She was married to Charles Dewey Sayre on Christmas Day, 1861. This union was not broken for fifty-one years, until the death of Mr. Sayre in July 1912. Their Golden wedding anniversary was celebrated at the home of their daughter, Mrs. C. M. Turner, in Terre Haute, Indiana.
To this union four children were born, two of whom died early in life and two daughters survive their mother at this time. Mrs. C.M. Turner of Terre Haute, Indiana, and Mrs. M.B. Light of Winfield, Kansas.
Mrs. Sayre is the grandmother of five children and a great grandmother of eight. Winfield was her home. She and her husband having moved to Winfield from California in 1903. Besides her children and grandchildren, one sister survives, Mrs. S.V. Pryor, who is now in Long Beach, California.
The immediate cause of her death was congestion of the lungs which only lasted a few days, as her eighty-four years, two months, and twenty days, was too great to resist the attack.
She was a devout christian and her belief in God and the teaching of his word were firmly implemented in her for many years. When still a young woman, she united with the Presbyterian church and has always been a consistant and firm member of that faith. She will be buried by the side of her husband in Union Cemetery, who preceded her in death in July 1912.
Her many friends in Winfield will mourn her departure from this life. She was a fine mother, a warm friend and universally liked and beloved by all who knew her.
(transcribed by Judy Mayfield)

Mayme’s Maternal Grandmother: Jane Blanchard (Putnam) Spear (1817-1894)

Jane (age 73) on the right, her daughter Lyle (age 49) on the left, her granddaughter Blanche Turner (age 27) in back, and her great-granddaughter Janet Turner in front.

Jane about age 50.

Jane (age 67) third from left in 1884.

Jane Blanchard Putnam Spear

Mayme’s Maternal Aunt: Jeanette “Nettie” Frances Spear (Aunt Tie)

Mayme’s Aunt Tie is shown here because she originally had the ornate bed and dresser set that is in Nena’s upstairs bedroom (my old bed), apparently a replica of one from the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. It was passed down from Aunt Tie to Nena.