Gayla Renee Lyons, 53, passed away, peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Gayla was born on Dec. 14, 1965 in El Paso to Lawrence David Lyons and Ginger Bradford Maughs. Gayla moved with her family to Costa Rica where she fell in love with the culture and language of the country. After attending school, and while living in Costa Rica, Gayla became the Executive Chef for the Marriott Los Suenos Resort, exercising her passion for cooking and baking. While serving as chef at the Marriott, Gayla was announced as 1 of the top 5 chefs in Central and South America, a first for the Marriott hotel.

She married Edgar Chaves Castro, on May 3, 1995 in Costa Rica. Gayla and Edgar had recently renewed their wedding vows at Cedars of Lebanon Church of God in Christ in Fayetteville. Both Gayla, Edgar, and their daughter, Lilyana enjoyed the country life in Fayetteville and living on the Adkins Orchard.

Gayla loved gardening, planting herbs, and flowers at her home. Gayla even became proficient in growing her own homeopathic herbs and learning the ways of preparing delicious organic cuisine for her family and friends. She was very passionate about her church, community, and family. Many will also remember Gayla’s love for animals, her kind heart and gentle nature.

She is survived by her husband, Edgar Chaves Castro and daughter, Lilyana of Fayetteville; mother, Ginger Maughs, residing in Houston; father, Lawrence Lyons, and wife Deborah, residing in Dallas; daughter, Teal Tarantino and husband, Drew; two grandchildren: Kristofer and Cosmo all of Petaluma, Calif.; brother, Dave Lyons of Rollinsville, Colo.; grandmother, Gladys Dendy of Ruidoso, N.M.; two aunts: Sarah Acevado of Albuquerque, N.M. and Nancy Bradford of Ruidoso, N.M.

Gayla was preceded in death by her grandmother and grandfather, Carlene and Bill Lyons and grandfather, Morris Bradford.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Koenig-Belvill Knesek Chapel, 207 N. Live Oak St. in Fayetteville.

Funeral Services will be held at the Koenig-Belvill Knesek Chapel at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019. Burial will follow at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter, 240 Svoboda Lane, La Grange, TX 78945.

Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home & Cremations in La Grange.

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