Dorothy Belle (Johnston) Pyle

March 22, 1930 ~ September 17, 2022 (age 92)


Dorothy Belle Pyle, 92, of Portales, passed from this life on the morning of Sept. 17, 2022 at her home.  She was born Mar. 22, 1930 in Paris, AR to the home of Nina M. (Erwin) and Ernest Johnston.  She moved to Levelland, TX to live with a brother in the early 1950's.  She was working as a waitress in a local cafe, when she met Richard Pyle.  They were married on Feb. 10, 1952.  For the next several years they followed Mr. Pyle's work in the oil fields.  In 1957, they moved to Portales to make their home.  For a number of years Mrs. Pyle was employed at the local Gibson's store, where she became the housewares manager.  When the store closed, she was able to remain at home and be a full time wife and mother to their son, David and later Charles.

Mrs. Pyle was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Portales, and a valued member of the Senior Adult Sunday School Dept.  She enjoyed oil painting and quilting.  She frequently went to the Senior Citizen's Dances in Portales and Clovis, as well as in Muleshoe.

She is survived by her son, Charles Pyle of Portales; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Bettie Ann Sweat of Clovis; three sisters-in-law, June (Mrs. Eugene) Johnston of Iowa Park, TX, Elizabeth Ann (Mrs. Robert) Helton and Brenda (Mrs. Otis Glenn) Helton both of Paris, AR; as well as nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, Mabry Eugene  Johnston, R. V. Johnston, Perry Johnston and wife, Jo Ann, Edward Lee Helton, Robert G. Helton, and Otis Glenn Helton; her oldest son, Richard David Pyle who died Mar. 29, 1975 and by her husband, Richard Oliver Pyle who died in 1987.

No formal services are planned.

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