Lisa Coyle
Lisa Coyle

Lisa was a year behind me in high school, and while I can't say I knew her, I certainly admired her and the family she and John created.

I remember chatting with her at the last high school reunion, and she was so sweet and endearing. What a shock to know she is gone. Just doesn't seem possible or fair.

Copied below is the obituary that appeared in the Fresno Bee. Also included are the guest book entries, which the Bee said would be removed soon, and I felt the need to preserve them.

Oh, John...I am so sorry.

Lisa J. Coyle was the youngest daughter of Jim and Jane Watson. She attended St. Anthony, San Joaquin Memorial and California State University, Fresno. She was our shining light and will be greatly missed. Lisa was married to John C. Coyle. She was an extraordinary mother to Chase, Alex, Stuart, Jack and Max. She is also survived by her parents, Jim and Jane Watson; brother Mike; and sisters, Marianne and Michele. Visitation will be at Farewell Funeral Service on Monday, October 5, 2009, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Recitation of the Holy Rosary and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. FAREWELL 660 W. Locust Avenue Fresno (559)440-0484

Guest Book Entries

October 17, 2009
John many years have gone by and I have thought of your family often. I am so sorry for your loss. Please contact me at 913-290-1610.

All my love to your boys.
A Friend always

~ Richelle Nazaroff-Gordon

October 14, 2009
John and family. I heard the news from Katherine and immediately felt sadness for you. No words can heal your pain, just know that I am smiling for you knowing you were blessed to have her in your lives when you did. May God bless you and her. Take care.

~ Brian McHenry, Aliso Viejo, California

October 13, 2009
To the Coyle and Watson families,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
May God heal and comfort you in this time of sorrow.

~ Eddie Guzman, Clovis, California

October 10, 2009
I was so deeply saddened to hear about Lisa's passing. It has been many, many years and I still remember her beautiful smile and wonderful sense of humor. Stay strong Big Brother. Your faith will get you through this. We are praying for you and your sons.

~ Paul Huckabay, Visalia, California

October 09, 2009
Dear Coyle family, We are deeply saddened to learn of your loss. We never saw Lisa without a smile on her face as she watched her boys on the athletic field and basketball courts. She truly was an extraordinary mother and shining light to all who knew her. God bless you during this incredibly painful time; our prayers are with you.

~ Patrick & Lesa Dodd

Dear Coyle Family,

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with your family for many years, and thought of you as my own family. Please know what an amazing lady Lisa was. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, now and forever.
Love Always, Carolyn Matthews

~ Carolyn Matthews, Clovis, California

October 07, 2009
Tom and I are deeply saddened to hear this news. Lisa was so kind and beautiful. I cannot remember her without a smile on her face. Your family is in our prayers. We pray you find peace.

~ Tom Sani/ Judee (Clarot) Sani

October 07, 2009
Lisa I remember 4 great years of softball and remembering how id watch you run. those lil legs going 100 miles and hour and all your hearttill that ball was caught.. thank you and.... you and your family are in my prayers and best of thoughts..
God bless

~ Pandy Robinson

October 06, 2009
John and boys,
Please know of our prayers for your beloved wife and mom and for your entire family. Lisa was such a special woman - her smile and warmth were always contagious. Your beautiful family is a testament to a wonderful mother's love!
With prayers,

~ Greg, Lisa, Eric and Adam Hendey, Fresno, California

October 06, 2009
Dear John and Sons,
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. May your many memories bring you comfort. I'll always remember Lisa's beautiful smile out at the SAS soccer field with our boys, Alex and Henry.

~ Ruben and Katinka Yepez, Henry Galvan

October 06, 2009
My condolences to the Watson/Coyle families. Lisa was a very good person and good friend of our family- the time spent in junior high will always be remembered. I know she'll be missed by many.

~ Reno Martinez and Norma Rodriguez (Martinez)
~ Rene Martinez, Fresno, California

October 06, 2009
Many wonderful days spent watching our boys playing sports at SAS and sharing the love of parenthood will be some of our fondest memories.
God Bless,

~ John and Maureen Golden, Fresno, California

October 05, 2009
Oh Lisa, how much fun all of us girls had playing softball in elementary and high school. Thank you for all the GREAT times on the field. You are in my memories and in my thoughts always. John love to you and your family.

~ Kathy (Foraker) Mueller

October 05, 2009
I had the privilege of knowing lisa when I was young. She was the coolist neighbor. I always looked up to her and can remember a lot of good times. I am pretty sure that she first met John at our house. I know that she is happy now in the good Lords hands. My condolences to her family

~ Matthew Ray, fresno, California

October 05, 2009
I saw this in the paper and was very saddened by it. Lisa was my good friend way back in 6th grade at Dailey Elementary. She's one that I've remembered fondly so many times over the years. I will continue to remember her (probably even more now) with great affection and happy childhood memories of softball. My deepest condolences and prayers are offered to her family and friends that will miss her so much than I. I especially pray that God blesses her children with peace, grace, and loving memories that turn from tears to smiles in the years to come.

~ Stephanie (Singletary) Aguilar, Fresno, California

October 05, 2009

~ RON LEWIS, CLOVIS, California

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