Sydelle Meyers, a member of the Meyers family that ran department stores in Lexington until the 1980s, died Thursday.
Mrs. Meyers started "The Designer Closet" section of the Meyers store on Main Street, featuring the latest designs from prominent names including Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.
"Not only was she involved in the fashion but with the mannequins, all the details," said her son Carl Meyers. "If it wasn't perfect, she wasn't interested.
"She was a complete perfectionist."
The Meyers retail stores in Lexington were started by the family of her husband, the late Marvin Meyers.
"She really kind of started from the bottom because my grandfather was a big believer that you started from the bottom," said Carl Meyers, who runs a boutique on Clay Avenue. "She just had a wonderful spark for fashion, just unbelievable, and my father did as well."
Mrs. Meyers worked in the stores beginning in the 1960s. After the company closed its downtown store in 1982, she ran the Lexington Mall store while Carl Meyers ran the Fayette Mall store. Both closed in 1984.
Mrs. Meyers was a member of Temple Adath Israel and promoted causes including Planned Parenthood and the Lexington Humane Society.
"She was just a big part in everybody's life," Carl Meyers said. "She walked into a room, and the room just started glowing. She was so personable and so well versed in everything."
Besides Carl, she is survived by another son, Roy Meyers, a Lexington restaurateur; granddaughter Madison Meyers; a brother, Maurice Lipnick of Washington, D.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Milward — Broadway. Graveside services will be at noon Monday at Lexington Cemetery.