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Obituary: Kesten, Sybil Joy

Thu., June 7, 2012

Age 94

KESTEN, Sybil Joy (Pullan)

Sybil Joy Pullan Kesten passed away in Portland OR, June 3, 2012 of natural causes.

She was 94.

She is survived by her brother, four children, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Sybil Pullan was born on July 25, 1917 in Toronto, Canada.

In 1936, Sybil graduated with her BA from the University of Toronto.

In 1951, her husband Norman’s job took the family to Osburn, Idaho, the community where Sybil would raise her family.

She helped organize Camp Fire Girls, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts groups.

She organized clothing drives and rummage sales.

Sybil was an active member of the local PTA and community theater groups.

In the early 1960s, Sybil taught junior high school in nearby Wallace and Kellogg.

In 1974, Sybil and Norman moved to New York City and settled in Manhattan.

In 2003, Sybil moved to Portland to be near her children.

Sybil was loved as a generous and open soul.

She enjoyed art and created a number of wonderful water and oil paintings.

She invited strangers into her home and treated everyone with kindness.

She greeted each day with an optimistic spirit.


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