Jean Pollard Pyle Age 91, passed away recently. Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, she grew up in nearby Methuen. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Milton Otto Pyle, in 1997. During a lifetime together, Milt and Jean were devoted to the success of their four children. Central to that was their supporting each child's pursuit of a college degree at a prominent university. The legacy of their devotion is evidenced by the successful career pursuits of each child, one a Federal judge, one an executive vice president for a bank holding company, one a senior captain for a major airline, and one the executive director of four family foundations. Survivors include her four children: the Honorable Charles Ryhiner Pyle of Tucson, Arizona, wife, Nobi, daughters Ai-ris, Emmi, Kiyomi and Satori and granddaughter, Yoshimi. Cynthia Pyle Suddath of Nashville, husband, William and daughter, Claire. Milton Otto Pyle, Jr. of Seattle, Washington, wife, Charlotte, son, Theodore "Ted" and daughter, Elizabeth "Betsy." Cabot Pollard Pyle of Nashville, wife, Deborah, daughter, Jesse and son, Charles. She is also survived by her brother, Charles F. Pollard of Chatham, Massachusetts. As loyal to her friends as she was to her family, she enjoyed many rich relationships over the years. Known for her wit, not to mention her spirited nature at Scrabble, it is her high school annual which perhaps captured her spirit best, saying, "Jean is divinely tall and most divinely fair, attractive, intelligent and sophisticated who is liked by all who know her." Her family wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation to Dr. John Anderson for his thoughtful treatment of Milt and Jean for 25 years. Proudly independent, Jean was compassionately cared for by the staffs at both Belmont Village, and Somerfield at the Heritage in the last year of her life. In lieu of flowers, those who wish can contribute to P.E.O., a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, 50312, designating the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education. MARSHALL-DONNELLY-COMBS FUNERAL HOME, 615-327-1111.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on June 10, 2012