Grace E. Hyle, 89

Registered nurse


Grace E. Hyle, a registered nurse whose career spanned 50 years, died of kidney failure July 30 at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 89.

Grace Emily Guy was born in Towson and raised in the Providence section of Baltimore County.

She was a 1936 graduate of Towson High School and earned her nursing degree in 1941 from the St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing.

Beginning in 1941 and continuing for the next 40 years, she was a private-duty nurse at Sinai Hospital.

For 20 years, she was also a nurse at the old Cottage Grove Beach on Fort Smallwood Road and worked part time as a nurse at Pimlico Race Course until retiring in 1996.

Family members said that she was often requested by physicians to care for their patients.

Mrs. Hyle cared for many well-known people during her five decades as a nurse, including Blaze Starr, the legendary Baltimore dancer, family members said.

Mrs. Hyle, who had lived in Parkville, bowled for 30 years with the Homeland Girls Team. She had also volunteered with the March of Dimes after her son contracted polio in the 1950s.

She was an avid Colts fan and attended the 1958 championship game against the Giants in New York City.

Her husband of 66 years, Walter D. Hyle Jr., a former Civil Defense director for Baltimore County who had been manager of the old Bay Shore Park, died in May.

Services were held Monday.

Surviving are two sons, Walter D. "Dewey" Hyle III of Stewartstown, Pa., and Michael Hyle of Bel Air; two daughters, Pamela Hess of Perry Hall and Grace "G.G." Hyle of Cockeysville; a brother, Merle W. Guy of Towson; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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