IN MEMORIUM OF ROSA MARIE PYLES
Rosa Flora Pyles passed away January 1, 2020, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado at the
age of 99. She was the fifth child of ten children born to Norman and Lizzie Flora on
a farm east of Quinter, Kansas on November 14, 1920. She graduated from Quinter
High School, in 1939. At the age of 8, she went to live with an elderly couple in town,
friends of the family who had no children. It was there that she would make Angel
Food cakes by scratch to sell for spending money, and learned to quilt alongside the
elderly women. She quilted her own doll quilts, at the age of 10, with a skill of 10
stitches to the inch which is still rare to this day. She missed being with her siblings,
but saw them in school, still helped with chores on the family farm, and remained
very close to all of her siblings the remainder of her life.
She remembered the dust bowl days of the 30’s, and told many stories of those
tragic days. She also led a team in a drive to destroy diseased jack rabbits.
Her first paying job was at a newspaper office in Manhattan, KS as a bookkeeper.
She was in charge of 40 carriers. This was during WW11 and she had to get all the
carriers out in the middle of the night to deliver the extra report of D-Day. She
worked there for four years. While in Manhattan, her sister Saralee lived with her
and attended high school there. Saralee married after graduating and Rosa went
with them to Bangor, Maine, as Saralee’s husband Rod was stationed there during
WW11. Rosa journeyed back to Maine to assist her sister in the birth of their
daughter, Sara Sue.
Rosa then moved to Burlington, Colorado. She worked at a Chevrolet Dealer as a
bookkeeper. This is where she met her future husband Phillip Pyles. Phil rode the
train from Goodland, KS back and forth to Burlington, as did Rosa from time to
time. When Phil saw Rosa for the first time on the train in November of 1945, he
said “I’m going to marry those legs!” They were married January 20, 1946. Phil had
just been discharged, as a disabled veteran, from active duty in England. They lived
in Goodland, KS., Syracuse, KS., Eads, CO., Ft. Collins, CO., and Arvada, CO.,
where Phil was a professional truck driver. Rosa was a homemaker, and managed
four children, the house, and the finances as Phil was out of town driving truck
much of the time. She loved to garden, and tended well to her roses, iris, bleeding
hearts, peonies, and many other flowers. She was in a bowling league, quilted, loved
to sew, canned, baked, and always made a plethora of Christmas candies. She drove
the boys to their music and band events, and the girls to their track and field events,
and many other activities. She was a Leader in their Camp Fire Girl years, and
camped right along with them. She was active in the Arvada United Methodist
Church, and was a member of the Hannah Circle. She was active in the Arvada
Historical Society and was a secretary for many years. Rosa’s hobby was collecting
her Jewel Tea China, the Autumn Leaf Pattern that was displayed in the china
hutch in her dining room. It was enjoyed every Thanksgiving by many family and
friends. Phil and Rosa traveled every other year to different states for Phil’s Army
Reunion with the 15th Major Port T.C. They loved and enjoyed these events,
connecting with old buddies and their wives, dancing and laughing. Their travels
over the years took them to nearly all 50 states, Hawaii, and Mexico. Rosa followed
her dream and made it to Alaska, going with a good friend as Phil could not make
the trip. It was a much loved highlight in her life. Phil and Rosa enjoyed playing
cards with their many friends, and traveled in their motor home, especially during
the winter, for 18 years. They would travel to California to visit their son Randy’s
family in Oceanside, and visited their daughter Cynthia’s family in Santa Barbara.
They loved being in Bull Head City and many places in Arizona. They loved
camping in the mountains, hiking and fishing. Turquoise Lake in Leadville, CO. was
their favorite place. When Rosa was 70 years old, she and her daughter Teresa and
granddaughter Tiffany walked the entire perimeter of the lake in a day.
Throughout her life Rosa remained close to her brothers and sisters, many nieces
and nephews, and many friends new and old. At the time of Phils passing in June of 2008, they had been married for 62 years.
She will be remembered with great love by her children, Randy (Anita),
Lubbock, TX, Cynthia, Littleton, CO, Teresa (Wayne), Delta, CO; 11 grandchildren;
20 great-grandchildren; 1 great great-grandchild; her two remaining siblings, Angie
Fishburn, Lawrence, KS, Sylvus Flora, Rocky Mount, VA; and many nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Phillip, her son Marlin, and
seven brothers and sisters.
A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held January 16, 2020, at
Aspen Mortuary, 6370 Union St. in Arvada, Colorado. Viewing at 10:00 a.m., service
beginning at 10:30 a.m. A short ceremony at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W.
Kenyon Ave. Denver, Colorado, will follow promptly, at 1:00 p.m. There will be a
gathering following the service at Ft. Logan at Olive Garden on 14175 W. Colfax
Ave., Lakewood, Colorado
Memorial contributions can be made to:
Arvada Historical Society
7307 Grandview Ave.
Arvada, CO. 80002
*note it is in memory of Rosa Pyles.
Collier Hospice Center
3210 Lutheran Parkway
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033