The Washington Times-Herald


February 8, 2014

Crystal Dyal

March 24, 1927 - Feb. 7, 2014

ODON — Crystal A. (Hembree) Dyal, 87, formerly of Loogootee, died at 2:35 p.m. Friday at Ketcham Memorial Center in Odon.

Born March 24, 1927, in Martin County, she was the daughter of Orian and Ora (Parsons) Hembree.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Odon United Methodist Church. Crystal enjoyed planting flowers, gardening, walking and cooking, as her specialty was chicken and dumplings.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Lee Dyal, whom she married June 27, 1998; two sons, Bill and wife Terri Berry, and Kenny and Marla Dages, all of Loogootee; three stepdaughters, Becky Albright of Lawrenceville, Ill., Julie Ketchem of Linton, and Brenda Keys of Winslow; three stepsons, Robert Dyal of Loogootee, Daniel Dyal of Odon, and Harold E. Dyal of St. Henry; two brothers, Norman Hembree of Carlisle, and Bub Hembree of Council Bluffs, Iowa; three sisters, Ora Taylor of Loogootee, Delphia Sendelweck of Jasper, and Edith Zigler of Washington; two grandchildren, Sandra Knies of Ferdinand, and Nicholas Berry of Evansville; and five great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Thomas Berry in 1952; her second husband, Walter “Shorty” Dages in 1993; three brothers, Ernie, Alvin and Woody Hembree; and five sisters, Sylvia Keller, Verda Chambers, Velma Wenning, Mary Hembree and Melva Simmons.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will be in St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery in Whitfield.

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Loogootee United Methodist Church, Odon United Methodist Church, or the Cancer Society.

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