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“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Jane Kursh - Wilmington, DE

“Dear Janice,So sorry to hear of your mom's passing.I am sure you will miss her. I will remember her in my prayers. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Christine Spagnolo - Wilmington, DE

“My condolences to all. Such a special lady. I have very fond memories of 'Mrs. Pyne' as my 2nd grade teacher at Forwood Elementary School. I...Read More ยป
3 of 4 | Posted by: A friend

“Our thoughts are with all the family. We are remembering her in Fenwick Island. A long life well lived. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Bill and Elsie Weistling - DE


Dorothy Thompson Pyne, age 96, passed away on March 15, 2017. She was the daughter of Raleigh James Thompson and Emma Sullivan Thompson.

Dorothy was born and raised in the Wilmington area. She was a graduate of Conrad High School and the University of Delaware. Although her course of study destined her to become an elementary teacher, her love of music and drama led her to act and direct many of the University's E52 productions. Dorothy's 27-year career in education included 10 years in the Wilmington School District, and the remaining years with the Brandywine School District. She held leadership roles in Delta Kappa Gamma (honorary education sorority) and American Association of University Women.

Dorothy's energy and spirit were evident in all her endeavors. With her family, she enjoyed summers in Fenwick Island. With her husband, John, she traveled the world. Whether playing Bridge, singing with the Willow Valley Chorus or swimming laps in the pool, she maintained an active lifestyle. Nothing pleased her more than to entertain her grandchildren with a piano medley of Christmas Carols.

Dorothy is survived by her husband of 74 years, John Allen Pyne; her children, Dr. John (Jack) Allen Pyne, Jr. and wife Susan of Fenwick Island, DE; Janice Trainer and her husband Stephen of Hockessin, DE; grandchildren: Stephanie (Barry) Messinger, Lindsay (Kyle) Lucas, Julie Pyne, David (Amy) Pyne, Allison (Jason) Landry, Jeffrey (Kathi) Blair, Jason (Lori) Blair; and 13 great grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life at Willow Valley Retirement Community, 100 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street, PA, 17584 on Saturday March 25th where services will begin at 1:oopm. A gathering will be held from 12:15- 1:00pm. Other services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Caring Hospice, 101 Good Drive, 1st Floor, Lancaster, PA, 17603.