Katherine Rene Pyle, daughter of Ronald Pyle and Joanne Parr, born on Patuxent Naval Air Station, located in Lexington Park Maryland, on March 10 1963. First of three children, the 2nd born the falling year in Leonardtown Maryland, in 1964; and the third, in 1966, Monterrey California.
Katherine as a child, was called "Kathy", and in her work-life, "Katie" or "Kate"; she grew up mostly on the east coast, (Philadelphia, Pa., Southern Maryland; New Jersey) moving across the United States to Monterrey, and Alameda, California, then back again to Southern Maryland, where her family owned a home, and where most of her childhood memories remain.
Katherine's parents, (he a Naval pilot, she a flight attendant for the Air Force) met where one might meet others sharing the same occupation or trade, crossing paths as they would at no other location, regardless if the branches of military they each served were different. (Proximity of the ladies bathroom).
They married in February of 1962, and one year later, their family began.
Growing up around the Naval air base's was exciting, but the moving every couple of years or so.....was hard for any kid. Always the "new kid" in school, getting chased around the playground, made fun of..etc etc.....tough then, but our life experiences make us who we are today.
At the age of 15, living in Philadelphia Pa.,on a small one mile by one mile navy depot located on Robbins ave in North-east Philadelphia, Katherine experienced her first boyfriend, (George), first concert (Doobie Brothers), first Record album (Chicago), first time experienced alcohol (Bacardi) not a good experience.....and exposed to the neighborhood gangs, on the Philadelphia streets, outside of the military fencing, where her best friend Ingrid lived.
By 17, I was attending St. Mary's Academy for Girls, in Leonardtown Maryland, my junior year of high school. Decided I would rather attend the public school, for my senior year. Should have stayed though, as 1981 was the last year the academy remained open. Great School and awesome girls.....crazy girls!!!
By 18, I moved in with a girl-friend, working part-time at Andrew's Air Force Hospital for Service America, and also waitressing at a motel/restaurant/bar off base but in close proximity. Tried attending Community College, but eventually moved back home to enroll in State College.
Met my husband Michael William Wilmarth, born in Feb. 1962; Radar Operator on the P-3, stationed at Patuxent Naval Air Station, in Lexington Park Maryland. His term was almost up, so we married May 7 1983, and moved to Phoenix Arizona, where he grew up; and where I still live with my 2 sons.
I divorced 6 years later (1989), and retrieved my maiden name back; I met my kids father, Steven Emerson Marcks, born in March 1953, Wisconsin. He died unexpectedly, on May 27 2003, . we never married, but together had 2 sons; Derek and Dylan Marcks. At the time of his death they were 12 yrs and 5yrs old.
Hardest thing I have ever endured.......grieving, and moving forward with no answers to provide......but we did!! Had to...
Worked for Maricopa County Planning & Development and other depts., from 1995 to 2009, enrolled at Phoenix University, in 2007....earned 30 credits, with a GPA of 3.4; but was never able to finish as the economy crashed, which effected anything to do with infrastructure and building......government or not.
My mother died in September of 2009, and I currently was without a job, so in Nov of 2009, I moved my family back to Blackstone Virginia, to help my dad. My parents retired in a small town "Blackstone" south of Richmond; They owned a beautiful farm, where they remained until her death in 2009. The farm has since been sold.
I tried to make ends meet there, but living in a town with 3500 population....hard to do. I worked part-time in the Gym at Fort Pickett, and met some outstanding men and women currently serving in our military. Fort Pickett is used now as a National Guard Post, formerly Army, and is a maneuvering training center for all branches of the military.
In July 2011, I moved my family back to Phoenix, hoping to get back in the same line of work, but as we all know, the economy does not jump back as quickly as we would like....... many many struggles......frustrations........
And here I am.......
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