Mrs Alma Nan Pyle

  • Born: March 11, 1922
  • Died: December 24, 2013
  • Location: Mesquite, Texas

Laurel Land Funeral Home and Cemetery

6000 South R. L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75232
Tel. (214) 371-1336

Tribute & Message From The Family

Alma Nan Harris Duke Leonard Pyle, went to meet her Lord on December 24, 2013. She was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church. Alma was born on March 11, 1922 in Abner, Texas where she attended public school. Her parents John L. (Butch) Harris and Laura Mae Hubbard Harris, as well as three of her children, Alan Wayne Duke, Sandra Merle Privett and Michael Lynn Duke preceded her passing. She was also preceded in death by one grandson, David Graham and one great grandson, Cody Stringer. Alma was married and widowed three times first to Cecil Travis Duke who was the father of her four children which she cherished. They were married over thirty - five years. She and her second husband Bill Leonard were married over twenty years and her third husband Thomas Pyle, who brought much happiness in the short time they were married. Alma Nan was care giver and loving wife to each of her husbands until their deaths. She dedicated most of her life to caring for others. She and Travis ran the emergency shelter in Dallas County for children and later operated a foster home for boys in DeSoto. In 1967 she was recognized for her long and faithful service by the Dallas County Commissioners Court for undertaking the responsibility of providing a home for children and needing care outside their own home. She provided care, stability and love to many foster children, and in May of 1971 she was again recognized for achievements in ideals of citizenship by being named "Worthy Woman of the Month". Alma was always an example for others by her diligence and hard work. After the death of her first husband she went to night school and earned a dietary certification while working at Scottish Rites Hospital and later retired from Methodist Hospital at the age of sixty-seven as the Assistant Director of Housekeeping. After retiring, Alma was able to travel some and enjoyed going to new places. For many years she raised birds and was particularly fond of canaries. She loved her roses and continued to feed the neighborhood cats until her health started failing and she went into a nursing home. Alma also loved to sew and knit and often made personal gifts for family members and friends. When she could no longer live alone, she resided at the Heritage Place in Mesquite where she received loving care. She is survived by her son, Cecil Fred Duke and his wife Charlotte of Terrell; daughters-in-law, Peggy Duke of Oak Cliff and Lisa Duke of Garland. Alma had seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her younger sisters, Bennie Dollarhyde and Nettie Clifton, along with many other relatives. Alma Nan's final resting place will between her first husband Travis and her middle son Wayne at Laurel Land Memorial cemetery in South Dallas. Chris Knowles assisted by Clint Russell, her great - grandson, will conduct the service. Grandsons Brian Duke, Paul Duke, Travis Duke and Michael Graham as well as friends Mac Brockway and Allen Parrish will serve as pallbearers.

Condolence & Memory Journal

We would like to extend our sympathy to all of the family, espeically to Ms. Lisa for the loss of Ms. Pyle. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Psalm 55:22 (KJV) "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."

Posted by The Knowles Family - Crandall, TX - Family Friends   January 06, 2014



There aren't enough words of gratitude to thank you for ALL the unconditional, never-ending love you showed me. You were the most selfless person I have ever known. I never left your sight empty hearted...or empty handed for that matter. You taught me so much kindness and how to truly care for people and to always see the good in them. I will miss the sound of your laugh and the beauty in your smile...

I was beyond blessed when God graced me with you and your love.

Love you BIG!

Posted by Mitzi Duke - DeSoto, TX - Granddaughter   December 31, 2013

Well, truly Mitzi Duke has some of those same qualities that her grandmother had for sure. I work with her everyday at Printgraphics in Grand Prairie, Texas. I know this grandmother will be missed by her. It is very refreshing to read about a woman that gave so much of herself in unselfish love for others demonstrating the real meaning of the love of God. May God bless each member of her family during this time of celebrating her home going.




Lisa, Mitzi & Fred,

You are in my heart & prayers always. She must have been an amazing woman. Her baby boy Mike is back in her loving arms. I am here for each of you. May God wrap his loving arms around each of you.

Cindee Graham

Posted by Cindee Graham - Garland, TX - Friend   December 28, 2013

Mitzi, we are sorry for your loss and you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Darrell and Brenda Canright    December 27, 2013

Mitzi, Lisa, and family,
It was sad news to hear of her passing, but is such a comfort to know that Granny is with her family in Heaven now!! She has waited a long time to be reunited with them.
Surely the heavens shine brighter now and there is another sweet angel watching over all of you.

Posted by Sheree Morrow - Dallas, TX - Family friend   December 27, 2013

Dear Family:

I'm so sorry for your loss. I would have loved to meet this wonderful woman. What a great tribute you gave her. Loss is never easy however we get better at it as time goes by.

Posted by Darlene Thomas - Trinidad, TX - Friend of Lisa Duke   December 26, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and family.


Posted by Robin Bradley - Mesquite, TX - friend of Lisa Duke   December 26, 2013

I know that there was one awesome celebration on Christmas Eve when Alma entered into the Kingdom of Heaven. She will be missed here on Earth but we all know that she is in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
My prayers for the family during their loss. With Deepest Sympathy, Shelly Hall-Findley

Posted by Shelly Findley - Dallas, TX - Friend of Family   December 26, 2013