Lenore English Hylton

December 4, 1969January 20, 2023
Obituary of Lenore English Hylton
Lenore English Hylton (some call her Len or Lennie or Lennios or ‘Nore and a couple were lucky enough to call her Mom) was born December 4, 1969 in Japan to Ann and Hank English. Len did all the things you’re supposed to do and she did them her way - she was stubborn like that. She married George Hylton just after college in a peach and teal themed wedding (it was 1991 so to be expected). She gave birth to wonderful twins - Remy (nee Sophie) and Jackson - but she did it 3 months early. Her ferocious love for those two is transcendent. She is also survived by her mother, Ann Howard; brother, Hap English; sister-in-law, Liz English and her nieces - Lucy and Katie English. Lenore’s superpower was that she listened - even folks who didn’t know her well would end up confiding in her.She held a Master’s Degree in Education and was an amazing teacher - she left behind a legacy of kids who were touched by her kindness, her wit and her sass, and most of all, her empathy. When her tumor (not-affectionately known as “the bastard”) first showed up, she showed her talent as a writer by blogging her journey, despite being an extremely private person. ‘Nore collected EVERYTHING. If you wrote her a letter in 1986 - she kept it. Pictures from school years, senior trips and old family vacations? Check. Taking a trip to the beach? Expect her to bring home shells, stones and beach glass. Ravens and elephants are everywhere in her house. Taking Remy or Jack out for driving lessons? Gotta stop and get that big old rock for the garden. Her “heart rocks” are scattered at one of her favorite places - Camp Cross on Lake Coeur d’Alene - and there are almost too many of them to distribute. She loved so many things: dancing - in the car, in bars and in the kitchen. She loved music and concerts, and road trips where she’d make up stories about the people that she passed. She loved animals and pedicures. Len was always up for an adventure - she jumped out of airplanes and off rope swings; she created “Lobster Road'' (and you had to drive it with her if you visited). She loved the outdoors - she was always down to go hiking and snowshoeing. Lennie was a big fan of the water and would go fishing (even though she got seasick), diving, sailing, and she swam like the fish tattooed on her ankle. But she’d also be content to just sit on the shore and watch the waves. Lenore would travel at a moment’s notice to countries she wasn’t entirely familiar with - when asked if she wanted to go to St.Thomas, she immediately responded “yes”. Then followed up with “Where is that?” (after, of course, the non-refundable plane tickets had been purchased). Upon discovery that it was in the Virgin Islands - she asked “Think they’ll let us in??” Len's many friends and family are privileged to know her and to have been loved by her - she was there for you without question. She would meet up with you even if you hadn’t seen each other for years and she made you feel like your last visit was yesterday - distance and time were irrelevant. Her friendships were almost always of the no-filter variety and she could make you laugh until you couldn’t breathe (and often did). The world was a better place with you in it, Lenore. You will live on long past your years on this earth. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hylton family.

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