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Viola Jean Pyland Bales (1928-2021)

Viola Jean Pyland Bales (Jean) went to be with her heavenly father Friday November 19,2021. Jean was 93 and the 5th child born on September 15, 1928 to John Will Pyland and Susie Wimberley Pyland. She was born in the historical Winters-Wimberley house in Wimberley.

Jean lost her father at 9 years old and she remembered in her early years peddling her bicycle around Wimberley selling eggs and milk to help the family income. Wimberley did not have a high school so she lived with her sister Mary Belle Young and family in Kyle during the week to attend Kyle High School and she would catch rides back to Wimberley on the weekends.

Jean met her husband Cecil at the Bon Ton Grocery store when it was in downtown Kyle. She remembers their first date, they delivered a washing machine! They got married in 1952 and were blessed with four children: Cecil Aubrey Bales Jr., Bryce Conner Bales, Rod Pyland Bales and Mary Jean Bales Greenwalt.

Jean was a school teacher and social worker for Austin ISD at the time of her retirement. She started her teaching career in Falfurrias Texas and later at Buda ISO then Kyle ISO. At one time she was a volleyball coach and drove the bus to the out-of-town games. She was proud of her chauffeurs license!

She loved Kyle and served on the city council and was a member of the Lions Club when they started accepting women.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, husband Cecil, son Aubrey, and her sisters, Hazel Pyland Eastwood, Katie Fay Keith, Mary Belle Young, Johnnie Webb. She is survived by Aubrey’s spouse Debbie of Kyle, Bryce and Ann Bales of Manchaca, Rod Bales of Austin and Mary and Jess Greenwalt of Kyle. She had 9 grandchildren, and 28 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

The family will have a celebration of life at First Baptist Church in Kyle on January 8th 2022 at 11am. Lunch provided after the ceremony. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the First Baptist Church of Kyle, the Word of Life Church in Buda or l51 Baptist Church in Buda.

The family would like to thank Deer Creek Nursing home, Texas Neuro Rehab Center in Austin and Brodie Ranch Skilled Nursing center for their excellent care.

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