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On Sunday, March 3, 2013 an amazing woman left our earth. Phyllis Heckman, 80 years of age from Huntington Beach who never had an enemy. She was one of the kindest human beings known to man. Phyllis battled many chronic ailments but succumbed to pneumonia. Phyllis has joined her husband John in Heaven who died 7 months ago.
Phyllis was born in Coffeyville, Kansas, February 3, 1933 and lived there until 1952 when she moved to South Gate, Ca. She worked at
as a secretary where she met her husband of 57 years. They moved to Lakewood, Ca and raised daughter, Terry Leone, (Paul) and son, Pete Heckman (Jennifer). During this time in Lakewood Phyllis became a "lunch lady" for the Bellflower school district where she met a great group of friends who called themselves "the lunch bunch". In 1997 they moved to Huntington Beach and have lived there ever since.
Phyllis has 3 grandchildren who she was very proud of. Danielle Leone, Nicholas Leone and Diane Heckman. Phyllis will be remembered as a woman who never complained, amazed even her own doctors with her courage, and one of the most lovable women you would ever know. "As hard as we are crying here on earth, everyone in Heaven is jumping for joy that she is finally there."
The family would like to thank St. Michael Hospice, Andy, Rini, Linda and Kami for their compassionate care and Dr. Hubert Sie of Hoag hospital whose intelligence, gentleness and sense of humor got Phyllis through many a battle. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers please give a hug to someone you love. Phyllis was always ready to give a hug and a smile.
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Mar. 10 to Mar. 12, 2013
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"There is now a slide show from Moms service on YouTube . Please go see it! Still missing her 24-7."
- Terry L
"Beautiful lady I had the pleasure of meeting, it was alway nice to see Phyllis come in to the office..."
"Phyllis was our Mom's most wonderful best friend,more like a sister. How they would talk on the phone..."
"Terry, your mom was so blessed to raise such a wonderful daughter who is so loving, giving and caring. ..."
- Debbi Phillips
"Phyllis was always a bright spot in the room! I remember what hard workers she & your dad were when..."
- Betty Ryder
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