November 16, 2004: Headlines: COS - Philippines: Obituaries: The Press-Enterprise: Philippines RPCV Carolyn Wylie, 66, child advocate, dies

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Philippines RPCV Carolyn Wylie, 66, child advocate, dies

Philippines RPCV Carolyn Wylie, 66, child advocate, dies

Philippines RPCV Carolyn Wylie, 66, child advocate, dies

Carolyn Wylie, 66, child advocate, dies

OBITUARY: She is being remembered as someone who devoted her life to helping others.

01:17 AM PST on Tuesday, November 16, 2004

By SANDRA STOKLEY / The Press-Enterprise

RIVERSIDE - Carolyn Wylie, whose work in education and child development touched the lives of thousands of children and families from the Philippines to Riverside, died Saturday after falling ill unexpectedly last week

Mrs. Wylie, 66, had surgery to repair a ruptured artery after developing pneumonia, said her husband Deane Wylie. She died Nov. 13 without regaining consciousness at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.

"The doctors said it was a very rare occurrence," Wylie said.

Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge said the words "dignified," "thoughtful" and "caring" sprang to mind in describing Mrs. Wylie.

"From the time she served in the Peace Corps, her life was devoted to making things better," Loveridge said. "Doing things for others was the center of her life."

Mrs. Wylie worked for Loveridge as administrative assistant for youth and education until November 2000, when she left to take the job of first executive director of the Riverside County Children and Families Commission - which became First 5 Riverside.

First 5 is a public entity funded by Prop. 10 tobacco-tax money for education, child-care and health-care programs for children through age 5.

Mrs. Wylie was moving toward a Dec. 10 retirement.

Mrs. Wylie was a native of Moline, Ill., and graduated with a degree in comparative literature from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.

In 1961 she joined the Peace Corps and was sent to the Philippines where she taught primary school in a small community called Masbate.

She met her future husband Deane Wylie during her training period at Penn State University and the two married in Manila in July1962.

After returning stateside, she received a master's degree in teaching from Howard University.

During her four years as executive director of First 5, the program funded dozens of child development and health programs for children and families and provided funding to build the Rob Reiner Children and Family Development Center in Perris.

."This is a tremendous loss to the community," said Harry Freedman, the incoming executive director of First 5. "She made changes occur in the entire community to better the lives of children and families."

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 4 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Riverside. Donations may be made to the Youth Services Center or the Children's Center of Riverside.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wylie is survived by a daughter Victoria of Texas; a son, Adam of Riverside; a sister, Marilyn Ravicz of Palm Springs; and a grandson.

Reach Sandra Stokley at (951) 368-9647 or

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