Margaret Leone Knight Kyle|
100 Year Legacy
(Aug 15, 1913 - Sept 19, 2002)
Lee Kyle celebrated life! Childhood in Bellingham embraced contrast: the elegant life on Eldridge Ave, and being a little girl at her father's logging camp. Leone's ability to be at ease in the trenches, or with World Leaders would serve her well.
Lee was there. UW student ambassador to Japan (1934), celebrating her 21st and 71st birthdays on the Great Wall of China. Writer, "Peking News". Seattle Police Officer, an advocate for women's dignity in sexual assault cases. A true social worker: Welfare Dept, Juvenile Court, Ruth School. Lee was there as a community leader to draw greater recognition of child abuse and remind the community of its responsibility to create services. Founder, Children's Protective Service. American Red Cross, WWII, Battle of the Bulge, served under General Patton. Medal recipient, "War Bride Program", Belgium. "I refuse to die in wool, military issue underwear!", Lee declared during a bomb attack. Risking life and limb, she changed into her Paris silk. VIP, Henry "Scoop" Jackson, President Bill Clinton. Toasting New Year's in 3 time zones. An auspicious 88th birthday, encircled by dear friends, story, and crystal. Lee was there, waving and shouting from her red Cadillac convertible on her 89th! A graveside, champagne communion recognized her 90th birthday.
Above all, Lee listened. After thoughtful reflection, her just right words were welcomed. In her elder years, Mrs. Kyle surrounded herself with youth - a match for her sharp intellect and humor. Lee Kyle cared. Her genuine ability to connect with people, let us know we matter.
Grandparents, Seattle pioneers, Sarah and Charles VanBrocklin. Parents, Carolyn ("Carrie") and Arthur Knight. Married to, Lt. Col. Gibson Moore Kyle. Daughter, Carolyn Elizabeth Kyle.
Gratitude to Dr. David True, the BEST physician and to Father Steve Garrett, for his friendship and brotherly advice.
The bird will always be on my shoulder. Carry on! The family requests that remembrances be sent to the guest book at www.legacy.com
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 18, 2013