Douglas Edward Tyler / Seattle, WA Resident
April 23, 1933 – January 15, 2021
Our family and community have lost a wonderful member, Joyce Jo Ann Hardin, who passed peacefully in her home on Friday, January 15th. Born to Leonora and Ora Raine, she experienced 87 wonderful years as a wife, mother, teacher, world traveler, and community contributor. She leaves behind her husband of 58 years, Herb, two sons, Brett and Garth, stepson Kevin, brother Merton Raine, sister Karen Wyles, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Jo Ann’s childhood years were spent in Bozeman Montana. She later moved to Selah, Washington, where she graduated from high school, and then started college at the University of Washington. In 1954, she spread her wings and became a Flight Attendant for Pan American World Airways. This coveted position allowed her to experience the world in the last years of propeller-driven passenger aircraft, such as the Lockheed Constellation, and the very first years of the new jet age on the Boeing 707. She flew out of NYC from 1954-1956. After Pan Am, she continued flying from SFO to the Orient with Flying Tigers and Riddle Airlines and with Trans Caribbean Airline from NYC to Puerto Rico.
After meeting her future husband, Jo Ann moved to Hawaii where she earned a teaching degree at the University of Hawaii and spent 24 years teaching French, Spanish, and English for the Hawaii Public School District. She was very active with her students and faculty and served as the President of the Hawaii Association of Foreign Language Teachers. One of the highlights of her teaching career was an original education program she created by taking 10 of her Hawaiian students on a study tour of England, France, and Spain. She remained in contact with some of these students through the years. She married Herb Hardin in Hawaii in 1962 and they honeymooned on Kauai. They raised their two sons, Brett and Garth, in the city of Kailua, Oahu.
After retiring in 1996, they moved to Pupukea on Oahu’s North Shore. Herb and Jo Ann decided to return to their roots in the Northwest, building their final retirement home in White Salmon, Washington, by the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Jo Ann became active in community affairs, serving as a board member of the Gorge Heritage Museum, president of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and as an officer with World Wings International. Jo was also an avid genealogist. She will be missed by all that knew her. Her loving spirit will live in our hearts forever. Aloha nui, Jo Ann, even after death do us part.
Elmhurst, NY Resident
It is with great sadness that we must tell you that Michael Spilios passed away at the end of January 2021 from a heart attack. He began his Pan Am career in 1973. He flew out of New York and London as Purser. After Pan Am, he continued his flying career with United Airlines until retiring in 2012.
We remember Michael for his exuberance and great sense of humor.
June 1, 1948 – January 11, 2021
Seattle, WA Resident
Douglas Edward Tyler left this world on January 11th, 2021. He entered on June 1st, 1948. His parents, Gussie and Bonnie Tyler preceded him in passing. Scott Norman, his partner of 40 years survives him.
He saw the world. With his years at Pan American World Airways, Braniff, and United Airlines, his work took him to all parts of the planet. Local art from Lima. Lebanon before the war. Teheran before the revolution. Istanbul, where the cherries were as big as golf balls. The gold markets in Bangkok, antique stores in Shanghai, and the Great Wall at dawn. He stole towels from The Helmsley in New York and The Phonecia in Beirut. And India. Amazing India. His favorite part of each far-flung trip was returning to home, to Seattle. He learned to love cats and Democrats. The good people at Kaiser made the end of his life better than it would have been without them.
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