A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Cum Laude Graduate of Walnut Hills High School 1957, Phyllis earned bachelor, masters, and MBA degrees that led to a professional career in educational publishing as a representative for Teacher’s College Press, Tutor USA, Westinghouse Learning Corp., Houghton Mifflin, and CTB/McGraw Hill. Her colleagues were quick to point out that Phyllis doesn’t have a “dimmer switch.” She was always the one you wanted to have on your team. “Phyllis marches to a different drummer” as her CEO commented with a wry grin upon presenting her an award for outstanding achievement.
A consummate conversationalist, Phyllis never met a stranger. No plane passenger seat-mate could escape her alluring charm and keen intellect. She always brought home the most fascinating stories of people she met while flying.
Seldom would more than three days pass without a call to Jeanne Ott, her best buddy of 42 years. Uproarious laughter filled the house as the two of them recalled past travels, professional assignments, antics, shopping trips, fashion and current events. Hours long conversations, vivacious laughter, and spirited discussions blessed our home on an almost daily basis.
Phyllis loved and adored her niece Pam Foster with whom she cultivated a life-long camaraderie. The chemistry between them was magic, as if they could almost complete each others’ sentences. Their kinship evolved into a deep and lasting friendship.
Phyllis will be remembered by her captivating smile, contagious laughter and brilliant wit. She was compassionate and generous in spirit and deed. Above all Phyllis was steadfast and unwavering in her Christian faith. In her world, she lives on; the spiritual being.
Phyllis was the love of my life and I of hers. We were married for 33 years and 6 months. She passed in an instant – in the blink of an eye. When you see wildflowers on a mountain-side, think of Phyllis.
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Jerry Williams of Blaine, WA; brother Paul Green (Ruth), niece Pam Foster (Tom), nephew Steve Green (Sandra), niece Lynn Cherry, nephew Steven Williams (Libby), grand-nephew Matthew Green, and grand-niece Lindsay Williams.
We will miss her love, affection, warmth, gracious generosity, and overwhelming joy.
Memorial donations may be made to your local food bank.