Flora E. (Turner) Pyles, 88, of Union Star, Missouri passed away on Monday, September 23, 2013 at Carriage Square Health Care Center after a short illness.
Flora was born on October 9, 1924 near King City, Missouri to Harley J. and Ida (Ballentine) Turner. She attended Waldo rural school near King City and graduated from the Helena Missouri High School. After high school she attended Platt-Gard Business University in St. Joseph.
She lived most of her life in the St. Joseph area until moving to Union Star, Missouri in 1991. She was a member of Woodson Chapel Christian Church in St. Joseph and for the past several years has attended the Union Star United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Letters Carriers Auxiliary #117 of St. Joseph and was a 4-H Leader in Andrew County for several years and a member of the Dekalb County Oats Committee and also served as secretary of the group.
Flora worked for the former Smith Brother’s Manufacturing and retired from Stetson Hat Company in 1987. She also was the Union Star Social Reporter for the Tri-County News.
On June 1, 1946 she married Bert W. Pyles in Olathe, Kansas. He preceded her in death in 1993. She was also preceded by her parents, a daughter, Virginia and a son, James.
Survivors include, daughter, Barbara Kelly (Robert); son, Richard Pyles (Kari); daughter-in-law, Loleta Pyles; nine grandchildren, Todd, Ginny, Katie, Jason, Eric Pyles and Charles, Patrick, Andrew and Gailynn Kelly; two great-grandchildren, Mia Pyles and Natalie Rowland.
Services 10am Wednesday Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Savannah Cemetery, Savannah, Missouri. Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Tuesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
The family suggests memorials to the Leukemia Society, American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.