Maple Tyler Book

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Maple Marie Tyler Book, 75, of Tullos, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born August 21, 1943 in Urania to the union of her parents, Samuel Franklin Tyler, Sr. and Mary Gardner Tyler.

Maple attended Northeast Louisiana University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She taught school at Central High of Larto before marrying the love of her life, Freddie Dean Book in 1963. They moved to Tullos where she taught at Tullos Elementary and LaSalle Junior High.

After 33 years in public school classrooms she moved to the Rod Brady Technical College in Jena and taught there for 12 more years before retiring.

Maple also served two terms on the LaSalle Parish School Board, representing District 3. She chose not to seek re-election last fall because of her health, and her husband was elected to fill the District 3 seat on the school board.

She loved children and spent her life nurturing and challenging students to be the best they could be.

Maple attended Tullos First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and was an active member. She was an avid reader and she loved the outdoors, camping and hunting. Her grandchildren were her joy and she loved them with all her heart.

Maple also served as “first lady” of Tullos during the tenure of her husband as mayor of the town.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, August 9, at First Baptist Church in Tullos with the Revs. Scott Smith and Brian Rankin officiating.

Interment followed in the New Union Cemetery, just north of Tullos, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Inez Riggs and Ildia Lake; and her brother, Sam Tyler, Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Freddie Book; son, Bryan Tyler Book; daughter, Stephanie Book Clark and husband, Waymon; brother, Marvin “Boots” Tyler; grandchildren: Anna Clark, Seth Book, Clayton Clark and Andrew Powell; close family friends, Larry and Shanna Powell and Dawn Book.

Pallbearers were Larry Powell, Clay Clark, Seth Book, Steve Long, Napolean Book, Jr. and Dr. Brian Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Anna Clark, M. W. Fife, Kenneth Emfinger, Buck Borland, Jim Loe and Jerry Harris.

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