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Friday, May 02, 2014 8:18 PM

March 22, 1926-May 1, 2014

XENIA — On May 1, 2014, Jane Ellen Morris-Pyles was celebrated home. Jane Ellen was born March 22, 1926.

At the age of 18, she became the bride to 2nd Lt. Robert J. Wiseman. At age 19, she became the mother of their daughter, Roberta (Jerry Erwin) and a war widow.

She started working to support her family and became the secretary to the superintendent of Silvercreek (now Greeneview) schools. There she met Louis R. Morris, a history teacher, whom she married in December 1950. To them were born two daughters, Rebecca Lou (Terry Gillaugh) and Sue Ellen (Randy Barclay). After a marriage of 29 years, Louis passed away from lung cancer.

Twelve years later, in 1988, she married a close church friend, Monroe Pyles. They were happily married for several years before his death.

Jane was blessed with nine grandchildren, Philip (Kristine) Erwin, Robert (Emily) Erwin, Mark (Nichole) Erwin, Laura (Craig Cross), Daniel (Annie) Gillaugh, Ellen (Jason Wheatcraft), Megan (Michael Antalis), Colin Barclay, Jordan Barclay, and 10 great grandchildren.

She was known for her cookies, apple dumplings, the best grandma back-scratches and phenomenal sewing skills. She was a lifetime member of the Cedarville United Methodist Church where she played the organ, taught Sunday School, and accompanied the Adult and Youth choirs. She was also the organist for the Aldora Chapter, OES.

Jane Ellen is also preceded in death by her parents, Perry Mark and Margaret Ethel (Jolley) Gillilan; sister, Lucy; and one granddaughter, Lauren Ann Barclay.

She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed, but heaven gained an angel who will watch over each of us every day, “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways,” Psalm 91:11.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cedarville United Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Anne Horton officiating. Burial at Milledgeville Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. until time of the service as well as on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Hospice of Dayton or the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting



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