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Phyllis Ann Peterson

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January 09, 2018
I first met Phyllis and Gary in her room at Josephine over 5 years ago. They became good friends, and at each visit I hoped to brighten their day. My relationship with Phyllis was, no matter how bad she felt she always had a smile for me. She knew full well that her journey in the last years was going to be difficult, but with Gary's support she remained upbeat. Her faith was deep, only one time she shared with me some concern, which I was able to quickly resolve. I know that her spirit will always be with us, and her joy in the Lord is overflowing.
I close with this prayer: Phyllis, may you feel the warmth of the love of all you have left behind, may your spirit watch over your loved ones, and may you find joy in the arms of our Lord. This I pray in Christ's name.
Chaplain Kermit Johnson
January 06, 2018
I will really miss my dear Aunt Phyllis! In spite of the weakness caused by many strokes, she was always spunky, mischievous, and filled with joyful laughter!

One of my favorite pictures was of her in a cowboy hat that Uncle Gary had bought for her; she wanted to learn to play the guitar and play country music.

I only got to visit Aunt Phyllis a couple of times a year, since I live in Virginia. Those times were really special, though. I would sit in the nursing home room and chat with them or watch TV. Often, we'd order pizza and salad from Jimmy's for supper. Uncle Gary would tell me about their travels. On my last trip there, he shared pictures with me from their wedding in Virginia.

Aunt Phyllis would always ask about everyone in the family in Virginia. She was especially close to my mom, her older sister. Even when she was feeling awful herself, she would worry about how my mom was doing.

Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Gary were married for 56 years and loved each other deeply. Uncle Gary did whatever he could to make her comfortable in the nursing home. He brought her favorite pancakes from McDonald's, decorated her room for the various holidays, and accompanied her to the casino when the nursing home took patients there. Aunt Phyllis was appreciative of everything he did for her.

I am so sad that my Aunt Phyllis is gone. I know that she is not suffering now, though. She put up a valiant fight and enriched the lives of many people through her wonderful spirit!
January 06, 2018
January 05, 2018
I grew up with the Peterson's. Phyllis was such a big part of my childhood. She always made me feel like one of her own kids and encouraged me to pursue whatever made me happy. I will never forget her great cooking, southern accent, adventuresome spirit and most of all how deeply she loved her family. Until we meet again, thank you for blessing me with your generosity and kindness.
January 05, 2018
How do you put a lifetime of love into just a few words? I will miss this amazing woman, my mom, for the rest of my life. I will always remember the time she taught me to drive and we'd go out at 4:00 am and drive all over the place ending up somewhere for breakfast. All the hours bumming around and shopping. She spoiled me. When I was in high school, every day we would sit on the couch after school and mom would listen to the details of my day and give advice and share her past experiences. She held me and let me cry when I went through my divorce. We were carpool buddies when she worked in downtown Seattle and I was pregnant with my first baby. She packed my lunch everyday because she wanted me to eat healthy. During the summers, mom would take me to her patients homes and I would help out by cleaning. This is where I fell in love with healthcare. You could see the love and compassion she had for her patients that made her such a great nurse. She and my dad loved their travels and explored many states. Mom also loved going to the casino and playing the slots. She had 9 strokes and doctors were amazed she was still alive. I believe it was her love for my dad that helped her make it through. He is heartbroken and will have a difficult time living without her. There is some comfort knowing that she's no longer suffering and is now in heaven with her parents, siblings, and my brother, Steve. I will miss you mom. Don't worry, I'll take care of dad. I love you, Sarah.

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Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Gary

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