• Nelsen Funeral Home - Williamsburg
    Williamsburg, VA
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Phyllis McEldowney Varner 1929 - 2014
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Saturday, August 30, 2014
I knew Mrs Varner as a student of her husband (Mr Cbarles Varner) in the W&M Band. They were so supportive of current and former students, and I found visits with them as an alum to be a great delight. They were both sweet people, both role models, and both had wide ranging musical interests. She will be much missed, but greatly appreciated in memory. Blessings to the family!
Friday, July 25, 2014
I still have fond memories of Phyllis from way back when I was in 8th grade at Queen's Lake and had the fortune to play trumpet in the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra. Little did I know then that the whole Varner fmily would end up having such a major impact on my life. When I went to W&M in the fall of 1976, Chuck would end up being a man who guided me through a period of my life when I was in serious need of some guidance... and Phyllis was right there through all of the band camps and such. They are both missed here, but I know that they are together in a much better place.
Friday, July 25, 2014
I'm so sorry! Phyllis was such a delight. I remember her gentle, sweet nature. She was always learning something interesting:)

Paulette Amory
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I regret that I will be unable to attend the funeral service due to a conflict. I knew Phyllis primarily through her late husband as a result first of my being a member of the William & Mary Band, and subsequently as a member and even officer of the W&M Alumni Band, but always found her to be delightful company.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
So sorry to hear Phyllis is gone. I first met her in Williamsburg Area Music Teachers group and have sung in Williamsburg Womens's Chorus for 21 years. The chorus will celebrate our 50th Anniversary next spring...a wonderful legacy Phyllis left us. I also live at 903 Penniman Road where Chuck & Phyllis first lived upon arrival in Williamsburg! I have very fond memories of Phyllis and pray God's comfort will surround you.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
To The Family,
May you find comfort and peace in knowing that God understands your grief and He cares for you (1Peter5:7). Please accept my sincere condolences
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
So sorry to read you've lost your mother, Kris. I have fond memories of her. Thinking of you all with prayers.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I remember going to the house in Williamsburg with my family when I was younger. Aunt Phyllis was always so gracious. For many years she used to send cards, which my daughter loved. She wil be missed.
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