Barbara Engel Pyle, 88, of Merritt Island, Florida, died March 20

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Barbara had a taste for life, her passion was to be surrounded by family and friends.

Barbara Engel Pyle, 88, of Merritt Island, Fla., died on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Barbara was born on November 1, 1933. He was active in the Kiwanis club and started the first Aktion club in the county of Brevard. In 2001, she was named the Kiwanis Club’s Citizen of the Year, a well-deserved recognition for all the energy and effort she devoted to those in need.

BREVARD COUNTY, FL – Barbara Engel Pyle, 88, of Merritt Island, Fla. died Sunday, March 20, 2022. Barbara was born November 1, 1933.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, George Robert Pyle, his friend Robert Becker and his grandson Lucas Pyle.

She is survived by her children, Linda Pyle (Paul (Jimmy) Lingle), Douglas Pyle (Paula), Sharon Cottrell (Jamie), David Pyle (Lisa), Jeffrey Pyle (Catalina) as well as several grandchildren, great- grandchildren and her beloved cat, Holly.

In addition to raising her five children, Barbara began her career earning degrees from Cobleskill College, NY and SUNY Oswego, NY. She taught preschool and special education until 1967, when she was hired as the first woman in New York to start an ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) in Wayne County, New York. .

She started teaching in a church basement with a few kids and as the agency grew, she was promoted to general manager. After 17 years, when she decided to move to Florida, the agency had grown to include children and adults with on-the-job training, work programs, group homes, schools, adult care and placement.

In 1984, she quit her job and moved to Merritt Island, Florida, where she began a 30-year career with Bridges BTC, an organization serving adults with intellectual, physical, and developmental challenges.

The goal was to ensure that each individual could reach their full potential. Barbara has been instrumental in case management, center operations, placement and social services. She has also been actively involved in community events and fundraisers.

When she retired at the age of 80, she was director of social services and transport. Barbara loved her job and was a strong advocate for anyone in need of help. She made sure that her clients would always come first. She considered everyone who entered her path as family.

She was active in the Kiwanis club and started the first Aktion Club in Brevard County. In 2001, she was named the Kiwanis Club’s Citizen of the Year, a well-deserved recognition for all the energy and effort she devoted to those in need.

During her rich career, she has been recognized on several occasions by the media, including the Florida today newspaper for his volunteerism and dedication. She has received numerous awards for the dedication, dedication and compassion she has shown to her clients, both in New York and Florida. She was active at Moose Lodge, securing the post of Senior Regent for the Merritt Island Chapter.

When she wasn’t working or volunteering, Barbara had a knack for entertaining and cooking. She loved themed parties and hosted and/or hosted several. She loved any excuse to be creative or dress up in costume. She loved cruises, antiques and lighthouses.

She was an avid reader and was part of a book club. She lived on the water and loved watching space launches go by or dolphins swimming by. She was full of life and was always ready to try new adventures, like scuba diving.

Her passion was to be surrounded by family and friends. Vacations and family gatherings were always special to her. Her friends and “family” at the agency were always her main concern and she devoted hours to their needs. She was the one who would always help those who couldn’t help themselves.

Barbara had a zest for life and in her later years developed wonderful relationships and looked forward to playing Rummikub and Bingo as much as she could with her friends. She will be truly missed; she enriched the lives of all who knew her and was deeply loved by all.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Barbara E. Pyle to:

■ Brevard Humane Society Merritt Island Adoption Center, 155 Pioneer Road, Merritt Island, Florida 32953; BrevardHumaneSociety.org

■ Bridges Adult Day Training Program (ADT), 1694 Cedar Street, Rockledge, Florida 32955

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy can be shared at FloridaMemorialFH-Gardens.com for the Pyle family.

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