|Birth: ||Jun. 12, 1922|
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 2006|
Olive Lucile Dean Hyler
June 12, 1922 ~ July 5, 2006
Olive Lucile Dean Hyler began her life on June 12, 1922 in Pacific Grove, California. She passed peacefully into eternal life on July 5, 2006 in her Pebble Beach home, surrounded by her beloved family. A recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer tested her resolve and fortitude but even in her dying moments she met her trials with grace and courage, as she had for the previous 84 years.
She lived a full and glorious life on this Monterey Peninsula and will be missed by many. Olive exemplified service and dedication in her many talents and pursuits. She grew up in the Pacific Grove Unified School District and graduated from PG High in 1940 where she was actively involved in schooling and community including Rainbow Girls and high school cheer leading. She attended college in Salinas and received her Beautician's License in 1942, which she proudly held until her death. She met the love of her life, Nelson William "Bill" Hyler, during grammar school and finally admitted to it on August 8, 1942 at St. John's Chapel in Monterey. Their nearly 64 years together are a tale of adventure, love and humor that any couple would be proud to call their own. Together they traveled the world, embarked on entrepreneurial ventures, had nothing, earned everything, fought heartache, received grace, learned humility, captured countless blessings while always making memories with friends and family.
Camping, a favorite pastime, created countless opportunities for Olive and her family to have many adventures. She had her three girls (and husband) trained well, and their set-up routine quickly became dinner theater for the other campsites. But even without her family, Olive loved to be in nature. Her loving husband, Bill, would drive their camper to any location she wished, often Big Sur, and leave her there for a few days or weeks of peace and quiet.
In between outings, Olive amassed an excellent collection of U.S. coins and antique bottles; she was a Brownie and Girl Scout Troop Leader. She was an avid seamstress making all the clothes for her three daughters, even including formal gowns for graduation. But let's not forget her joy of knitting and crocheting. Her fingers were constantly in motion and her grandchildren all learned how to wind yarn while listening to the clickity-clack of her needles. Her many blankets, sweaters, hats and scarves endure as a testimony of her thoughtfulness toward others.
Olive had an incredible pride in her country and heritage and served as a member of both the U.S. Veteran's Auxiliary and The American Legion for 75 years. She also held membership for 48 years in the Ocean Spray Chapter of Eastern Star and was a supportive member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West.
But above this she was a cook. The best cook. A master chef who took joy in warming the hearts while filling the bellies and feeding the souls of countless hundreds of friends, family members and even strangers. She baked, canned, sauteed, charred, stewed, glazed, poached, broiled, dried, roasted, grilled, simmered, toasted and served breakfast, lunch and dinner to her husband and children (along with whomever they dragged in) faithfully, her entire life. Everyone knew they could drop by Olive's, because there was always a little something she just "whipped up", hopefully smothered in her world-famous gravy. Her dedication for cooking came from her passion to serve her family, whom she loved more than anything else.
Those proudly counted in her family include: her husband Nelson William "Bill" Hyler of Pebble Beach; daughter Deanna Rae Hyler Prieto and husband, Michael Joseph Prieto of Carmel, CA with children: Susan Catharine Holman of Carmel, CA, Nelson Daniel Holman of Sparks, NV, Christian Michael Prieto and wife, Kara Lynn Prieto of Fontana, CA, Richard Anthony Prieto of Kansas City, MO, Gabriel Juan Prieto of Las Vegas, NV, Jose Vincente Blanco Prieto and wife Holly Jean Marie Prieto of Salinas, CA and Tavon Jordan Prieto of Carmel, CA; and grandchildren Samantha Marie King of Carmel, CA, Breanna Helen Holman of Salinas, CA, Sierra Grace Holman of Sparks, NV, Kylie Gabrielle Bell-Clementi of Sacramento, CA, and Alannah Christina Marie Prieto of Salinas, CA; daughter Gail Marie Hyler of Redding, CA with children: Shawna Marie Ashton Laughlin and husband Eric Lane Laughlin, Ariel Dawn Goebel Funderburg and husband Dustin Lee Funderburg and Alexandria Marie Goebel all of Redding, CA; and grandchildren: Nathan Lane Laughlin, Brooke Nicole Laughlin and Baby Funderburg coming any day now, all of Redding, CA; daughter Joan Leslie Hyler of Pacific Grove, CA with children: Trisha Lee Muench Randall and husband Christopher Joseph Randall of Marina, CA and Noah Ryan Strausbaugh of Frederiksberg, VA; and grandchildren: Hannah Olive Randall, Bethany Joy Randall, Caleb Joseph Randall, Leah Caitrn Randall and Mary Ellen Randall all of Marina, CA.
There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial held at First Baptist Church of Monterey, 600 Hawthorne Street, Monterey, CA on July 12, 2006 at 7pm Ð Olive would want you to come hungry. A Memorial has been established in her memory, The Pacific Grove High School Alumni Association, Inc. Olive Dean Hyler Culinary Scholarship. Contributions may be made to the PGHSAA, P.O. Box 51396, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-6396.
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by Joan Leslie Hyler, (her daughter)
Theodore Edwin Dean (1886 - 1966)
Gladys Sarah Ernst Dean (1898 - 1984)
Nelson William Hyler (1921 - 2012)*
Olive Lucile Dean Hyler (1922 - 2006)
Donald Edwin Dean (1926 - 1998)*
Wife - Mother - Grandmother
Great-Grandmother - Friend
You are the wind beneath our wings
Note: Photos by Joan Leslie Hyler 11/11/2012
El Carmelo Cemetery
Plot: Olive's cremains are in Bill's casket
Created by: Jerry Hurlbert
Record added: Nov 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100641955