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Elizabeth Stobaugh Pyle Foundation

According to family documents, John J. and Lovie Stobaugh arrived in Tishomingo by train in the autumn of 1902 from Harrison, Arkansas where Mr. Stobaugh had been practicing law. Both graduated from college in Lebanon, Tennessee. Mrs. Stobaugh was a charter member of the Tishomingo Chapter, order of the Eastern Star and member of the American Red Cross for more than 40 years.

Mr. Stobaugh was a master Mason, a member of Tishomingo Lodge No. 91 for more than 50 years. Appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as Advisor to Registrants, Local Board No. 35, Mr. Stobaugh counseled draftees during World War II and actively engaged in the practice of law for over 60 years.

The Stobaughs dedicated their lives to helping others and loved Tishomingo, calling it “the garden spot of the world.” Both John J. and Lovie Cox Stobaugh passed away in 1956 and are buried in the Tishomingo Cemetery.

Elizabeth Stobaugh Pyle, John J. and Lovie Cox’s daughter, passed away peacefully in the early morning of Aug. 23, 2005, at the age of 91 years. Born May 8, 1914, in the family home at Tishomingo, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Duard F. Pyle, an Oklahoma bridge and road contractor, and two of her grandchildren, John Gomez IV and Edwin S. Pyle, Jr. An accomplished pianist, she graduated at age 15 from Tishomingo High School and attended Murray State School of Agriculture, where she graduated Phi Theta Kappa, and Oklahoma College for Women, Chickasha OK. Thus she embarked on a lifelong love of English literature, classical music, genealogy, and history – including especially that of early Oklahoma and Europe. An avid reader and expert seamstress, she believed profoundly in the values of education and knowledge.