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Thea Linnaea Pyle


1947 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Thea Linnaea Pyle Obituary
Thea Linnaea Pyle

Thea Pyle, 66, of Gray's River, Wash., died Nov. 20, 2013, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, after ten well-lived years of courageous and challenging coexistence with ovarian cancer.

Born in Seattle on September 3, 1947 to Edgar David and Lucille Bernice Peterson, and raised on Mercer Island, she studied botany at the University of Washington, graduating in 1969. She was married to attorney David Hellyer (1968) of Chelan, Wash. and later to biologist and writer Robert Michael Pyle (1985) of rural Gray's River, Wahkiakum County, where she lived happily for the rest of her life.

Thea was an accomplished artist, whose wildflower prints and cards are well known and loved throughout the region. A superb plantswoman and extraordinarily observant naturalist, she delighted in walking, exploring Cascadia, and especially mushrooming. She worked in botanical and numerous other jobs, ran fine households, and loved her kitchen and garden. A lifelong conservationist, she volunteered for various efforts to protect natural habitats and in many other roles around the Lower Columbia.

Survivors include her husband Bob Pyle; her Hellyer family; son Thomas M. Hellyer and daughter Dory A. VanBockel; grandchildren David, Cristina, Edward, and Francis; sister Anne Martin; nephew Aaron and niece Phoebe, and their children; beloved in-laws; and many dear friends. Her parents went before her.

A happy celebration of Thea's rich life will be held on April 26 in Gray's River. Her ashes will be returned to her favorite places, to mingle with the flowers, butterflies and chanterelles. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Washington Native Plant Society (of which she was a life member), North Cascades Institute, or other .

Thea Pyle was an uncommonly kind, intelligent, and lovely person who left us way too soon. Everyone who met Thea wanted to know her better. Her unforgettable smile, strength, spirit, and whole dear self are deeply missed by her husband, family, and friends all over this world she loved so much.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2013
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