Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 21, 2013

Lydia Thea Pryor

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Lydia Thea Pryor, 78, of Traverse City, passed on Tuesday evening, Feb. 19, 2013, at her home.

Born July 2, 1934, in Detroit, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Katherine (Kupferschmid) Failer. On Aug. 3, 1956, at St. Julianna Catholic Church in Detroit, she was united in marriage to Jim Pryor, beginning a life together that would span nearly 57 years.

She led a beautiful life and was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Lydia possessed a great fondness in praying to St. Anthony, the Patron Saint of miracles.

Lydia enjoyed her family, summer days at the cottage, gardening, hearing and seeing the loons on the pond and reading on the shores of Lake Leelanau.

She faced her illness with strength and courage, which gave her family much inspiration.

Lydia was a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen and a fierce champion of those she loved most.

With her tender heart and gentle spirit, Lydia touched the lives of so many. She will be truly missed, yet never far from our hearts.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jim Pryor, of Traverse City; her children, Lynn A. Pryor-Heater and her daughters, Libby and April; Jim (Sally) Pryor Jr. and their son, Ben; Michael J. Pryor and his daughters, Megan and Katie T.; Diane D. Pryor and Kate F. Pryor. She is also survived by three brothers, John Failer, Maurice (Kathy) Failer and Al (Jackie) Failer; along with many nieces and nephews.

For those who would like to celebrate Lydia’s life and legacy, a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Anthony Citro will preside. Following cremation, burial will take place this spring at Empire Maple Grove Cemetery in Empire.

Thank you for keeping the Pryor family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.

Kindly share your memories with the family on their online guestbook at

Arrangements were under the direction of the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.