Dianita Pyles

Diana Marie Pyles (1944 - 2002)

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Diana Marie (Dianita) Pyles
Born in Pharr, Hidalgo, Texas, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [half], [half], [half], [half] and [private sister (1950s - unknown)] [half]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Brownsville, Cameron, Texas, USAmap
Profile last modified 1 Dec 2019 | Created 28 Mar 2017
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Dianita Pyles born on 13 August 1944 in Pharr, Texas and was adopted at birth by Walter Harvey Pyles and Maria Lorenza Garza; they are named on the Texas Birth Index.[1] Her father died on the day of her first birthday. Dianita was born with Down Syndrome and was living in a nursing home in Brownsville, Texas by 1984.[2] After her mother's death, her uncle, Elijio Arjona, became her guardian. Dianita died on 29 October 2002.[3] She is buried next to her mother at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens in Pharr, Texas.[4]


PHARR - Diana Marie Pyles, 58, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Brownsville Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey Pyles and Lorenza Garza Yeadon.

She is survived by a sister, Lillian Gaye Yeadon of San Antonio; one uncle, Elijio (Eloisa) Arjona of Pharr; and two aunts, Dolores A. (Charlie) Heape of South Carolina, Connie (Roque) Enriquez of McAllen; and several cousins.

A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at De Leon Funeral Home of Pharr. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, at La Trinidad Methodist Church in Pharr. Interment will follow at Pharr Valley Memorial Gardens in Pharr.

Funeral services are under the direction of De Leon Funeral Home of Pharr.[5]


  1. "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VDP7-SQ1 : 1 January 2015), Diana Marie Pyles, 13 Aug 1944; from "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2005); citing Texas Department of State Health Services.
  2. Melissa Arjona in conversation with A.A. on 1 December 2019.
  3. "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JLVX-JPP : 20 May 2014), Diana M Pyles, 29 Oct 2002; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  4. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 December 2019, memorial page for Diana Marie Pyles (13 Aug 1944-29 Oct 2002), Find A Grave: Memorial #14304024.
  5. Published on page 2C of The Monitor in McAllen, Texas on 31 October 2002.

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