A Beautiful Life

I'm very sad to report Deb's mother passed away yesterday.

Rest in Peace Corinne Jeanette Surface.

She grew up in McPherson, Kansas and met her future husband Dave there when they were both teenagers. Fifty-five years of marriage followed, along with two great kids Daryl and Deb. I've been fortunate myself to know Corinne for over 25 years.

Corrine in her late teens
A young beauty

She loved to read books, many, many books, and was a reading tutor in the local schools for many years. Always active in her church, she also enjoyed camping in the Colorado mountains with Dave and the rest of the family.  She was quite a cook; she and Dave always served up some delicious concoctions cooked over the fire (nachos, pea soup with ham, hobo pockets, campfire pies, all great stuff!). But she was best known for her love of her kitty cats.  She had several over the years, but it was her two black long-hair kitties, Sampson and Cinder, who kept her company the last few years.  Based on the pictures I found, it seems she also loved our little white doggies!


Kirby the dog
Corinne and Kirby
Maxwell the dog
Corinne and Maxwell

Deb and Dave are doing fine, we all are because this was known for several months.  It didn't make the actual day easy for any of us, but it helped that this wasn't a surprise. It did progress faster than expected - we only got here 8 days before she passed.

Her pastor kept saying how blessed she was to live such a beautiful life, with loving family around her for so long.

Corinne portrait in her 70s

So it's a very sad day, but also a new beginning for Dave and the family. Us "kids" are still going to do our things, and we expect Dave will find opportunities to enjoy life in new and different ways. Send your love to him.



  1. Deborah Perkins on September 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    The embodiment of class. Such a radiant, lovely lady! I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • Norm Pyle on September 9, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      You have that right Deb! Thank you.

  2. Karen on September 9, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all , love the story of her beautiful life. May you all be at peace that she’s in God’s arms.

    • Norm Pyle on September 9, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you Karen, you’re very kind.

  3. PaulB on September 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    So sorry to hear, my thoughts are with you and Deb….

    • Norm Pyle on September 9, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks Paul, appreciate that.

  4. Zack on September 9, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I love you, Grandma!

  5. William and Elaine Furister on September 9, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    So sorry to here this. Elaibe and wish you amd your family the best

  6. Kyle eddy on September 10, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Dave, thinking of you and keep your smile alive! A lot of people here care for you and are here to help ease your loss. So so sorry for the change of events. Keep strong and thanks for your friendship.

  7. Tim Stout on September 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was such a sweet lady that I’m sure will be missed by all of you and all that crossed paths with her.

  8. Angie Drew on September 10, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Oh Debbie (and family) I am so sorry to hear of this. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Hugs, hugs, and more hugs. Losing a mother is extremely difficult. XOXO

  9. Lena Kulaga on September 11, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Dear Surface family! My heart is heavy as I read this news of Corrine! I can hear her laughing now! I can picture coming home with Deb after school and passing through the hair shop then on up into the tv room with the cats in the big picture window! Love and prayers to your dear family! Lena

  10. Deb on September 11, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Thanks everyone for all the kind thoughts and prayers. The few days leading up to moms death were pretty rough. I am doing much better these last few days, Its harder to watch someone suffer, than to be in a better place, I’m happy for my mom!

  11. Meredith Radke-Gannon on September 11, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Sending my heartfelt hugs and prayers to you and your family!Meredith

  12. alouise skehan-pyle on September 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Deb and Butch,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom, Corinne. Justgot our power and internet back after Irma.
    Special condolences to Dave. Please know I will hold you in my thoughts and prayersas you work through the bereavement period and come to a place where youare able to enjoy all the special memories. Alouise Skehan-Pyle

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