Phyllis Mary Kyle passed away on April 11, 2012 at Bethany Home in Ripon, California, a few weeks shy of her 89th birthday. She was a long-time resident of Groveland, California. She was born Phyllis Mary Brown on May 1, 1923 in Oakland, CA and was raised in that city. Her life-long career was that of a nurse (RN), starting in 1945 as an Army Nurse in Germany during the Occupation, and then after a short stint as a public health nurse served the majority of her nursing career as a School Nurse in San Leandro, California. Phyllis married Hal Kyle, a music store owner, in 1963 and inherited five step children who she raised as her own with the same practicality and good cheer that she embraced everything in her life. Hal and Phyllis raised their family in San Lorenzo, then after they were grown and gone moved to Oakland, and then to Groveland, where Phyllis was able to live out her lifelong desire as a nature-lover to live in the mountains. When she was no longer able to live independently, she moved to Bethany Home in Ripon, where she lived out her days with the same good cheer as she lived the rest of her life. Phyllis passed away at Bethany Home on April 11, 2012 just shy of her 89th birthday.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years Harold Kingman Kyle II (Hal). She is survived by five children; Catherine Kyle of Paso Robles, CA, Nancy Kyle Ledner of Mesa, AZ, Susie (Joe) Blair of Manteca, CA, Hal (Mel) Kyle II of Oxnard, CA, and Douglas (Sharon) Kyle of Woodacre, CA. She was also the beloved “Nana” to 11 grandchildren; Kyle (Julie) Sarton of Trabuco Canyon, CA, Bonnie (Laura) Sarton-Miereau of Omaha, NE, Trystan Blair of Manteca, CA, Rory Ledner of Santa Clarita, CA, Ashley Ledner (US Navy), Griffin (BreAnna) Ledner of Mesa, AZ, Brian Blair (US Army), Sean Ledner Mesa, AZ, Eryk Blair (US Army), and Subei Kyle and Lena Kyle of Woodacre, CA. She is also survived by six great grandchildren; Kylie Sarton and Noah Sarton of Trabuco Canyon CA; and Lillian Ledner, Bethany Ledner, Liam Ledner and Jase Ledner, all of Mesa, AZ, with another Ledner great grandchild expected in July. Phyllis was very proud of her family and always kept up-to-date on all their comings and goings, especially her grandchildren serving in the military.
Phyllis was a memorable woman in many ways, from her physical stature (nearly 6 feet tall until post-polio syndrome robbed her of much of her height), her dedication to her nursing profession, her commitment to healthy living which in her later years included a strict vegan diet, her lifelong friendships (her nursing school friends held annual reunions up until health constraints prevented it), her warm hospitality to family and friends, (she was famous for her homemade whole wheat bread and pancakes for which she ground her own flour), and just her amazing good-natured cheerfulness and supportiveness to everyone she came in contact with. She left us all with many happy memories which we will cherish forever.
Deegan Funeral Chapel is honored to be serving the Kyle Family. Services are being held private. For condolences to the family, please visit her online guestbook at www. deeganfuneralchapels.com
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, April 28, 2012