Lorraine D. Pyle, age 93, of Wilmington, finished life’s journey on Saturday, November 26, 2011. She was the wife of the late G. Orville “Pete” Pyle, with whom she shared 65 years of marriage before his passing in 2003.


Lorraine D. Pyle, age 93, of Wilmington, finished life’s journey on Saturday, November 26, 2011. She was the wife of the late G. Orville “Pete” Pyle, with whom she shared 65 years of marriage before his passing in 2003.

She started her career at Hercules Powder Co. in 1935 as secretary in the Safety Department and left there to work in 1956 at Grace Lloyd Collins (Lloyd Walsh) where she loved selling china, silver, and crystal to their customers.  After retirement, Lorraine had worked many part time jobs.

She enjoyed gardening, playing Bridge, and entertaining family and friends in her home.

Lorraine was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington for over 62 years.  She was an active member of its Women’s Organization, served as a Deacon, and sang in the choir for many years. Service was important to her, and among other activities, she volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 14 years and taught young adults and children to read through various literacy programs in both Wilmington and Dover, where she resided for the last 10 years at Westminster Village.

She was an exceptional mother, a loving and devoted wife, faithful child of God, and caring friend. She will be forever missed by her family and friends.

Lorraine is survived by her four children; Sally P. Mitchell and her husband Richard,  Jeffrey A. Pyle and his wife S. Carla,  Mary Anne P. Ferrantino and her husband Leonard, and Polly E. Pyle-Carter and her husband James; 8 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren whom she loved very much.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W 13th St., Wilmington, DE  19806. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lorraine’s memory can be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church; Westminster Village, 1175 McKee Rd., Dover, DE 19904; or to Compassionate Care Hospice, 702 B. Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19803.