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Tweeton, Phyllis Stalcup
Mrs. Phyllis Stalcup Tweeton, better known as "P.J.," died peacefully on December 25, 2015, with her daughter by her side and her favorite Rachmaninov concerto playing in the background. The epitome of style and grace, P.J. was a beautiful woman-kind, elegant, smart, funny and politely opinionated. A gifted interior designer, consummate hostess, loving pet owner and devoted mother, P.J. was known for her classic taste, stoic nature, generous spirit and ability to bring joy and laughter to any situation. It's no wonder she enjoyed such a rewarding career in interior design; this was a girl who, at the age of 12, was immersed in "The Encyclopedia of Furniture" while her friends were reading Nancy Drew. Born in Kansas City, Missouri to the late Howard and Bernice Stalcup, P.J. grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, where she developed a love for horses, spending her weekends competing in equestrian events. Returning to Kansas City as a teen-ager, she attended Barstow High School, where she was president of the art club. P.J. went on to attend Briarcliff College in Briarcliff Manor, New York, graduating with a degree in Fine Arts. P.J. married William Black, with whom she had her only child, daughter Leslie. Her second marriage, to Gerry Tweeton, took her to Omaha, Nebraska, where her new family included four stepchildren -- Gayle, Nancy, Janis and Dan. When Gerry and P.J. parted ways, she decided to leave the Midwest and move to Arizona. It was while she lived in Scottsdale that P.J. took a job with J. Zivney Interiors before launching her own interior design business, Inspirit. In Arizona, P.J. lived a full, rich life, making many new friendships and finding great joy in such simple things as watching the monsoons roll in, taking road trips to the mountains or creating the perfect centerpiece for a birthday luncheon or holiday get-together. Her favorite pastimes were reading, entertaining, playing cards, working on her home and patio, and spending time with the ones she loved, including the legions of dogs and cats lucky enough to find their way into her life. P.J. will live on forever in all whose lives she touched, hearts she warmed, friendships she valued and love she shared. Please remember the good times you had with her and raise a glass in her memory. P.J. would have it no other way. P.J. leaves behind her daughter Leslie; aunt Dorothy Hicks; nephews Paul and Stephen; stepson Dan (Susie Tweeton); stepdaughters Gayle (Michael Epp), Nancy, and Janis , whose husband, Dr. David Silverberg, deserves special thanks for his loving counsel and expertise. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, January 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Barnabas on the Desert, 6715 N. Mockingbird
Lane in Paradise Valley. In lieu of flowers, in consideration of the loving and gentle care given at the end of her life by (1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix 85014/HOV.org), the family respectfully requests that donations be made in P.J.'s name.
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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 6 to Jan. 10, 2016
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