Mother and Teacher
Emilie and her twin sister, Hilda Ransom Cayward, were born in Kansas on November 15, 1920.
Emilie was the wife of Charles Benjamin Pyle II, whom she met in the SJSU Symphony and married on January 25, 1941. She worked alongside her husband, Charlie, in his long career as music director at First Baptist Church San Jose, playing violin, hosting speakers and musicians, and cooking for countless rehearsals and celebrations. Emilie earned her teaching degree at San Jose State University, and taught piano to many of San Jose’s children. She was also a Bible Study Fellowship teacher, and continued to lead Bible studies in her home well into her nineties.
After raising their children and retiring, Emilie and Charlie joined International Teams in 1977, taking Bibles, medical supplies, food and clothing into Communist countries in Europe. For more than 20 years they did short-term missions each year, serving, teaching, and playing violin duets.
They were married seventy-three years until Charles’ death in 2014.
They were the parents of:
Jeannie Pyle Edwards, Charles Benjamin Pyle III, Pamela Pyle Resch, Ransom Thomas Pyle, and Tanya Pyle Streder; plus ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Emilie served God and her family faithfully throughout her long life.