Phyllis Yvonne Barnett Wagner

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  • "So sorry to read of Phyllis passing. She always had a..."
    - Dale Brown
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Phyllis Yvonne Barnett Wagner March 1935 - February 6th, 2016 Sweet beautiful Phyllis left us early Saturday morning, February 6th, 2016. She passed gracefully in peace with family at her side. She went to her Savior and is free of her earthly illnesses. Born March 1935 in Bellingham, WA, where she grew up enjoying the area along with friends and family. Phyllis was child-like at heart, yet wise, and a rock to those who were blessed to know her. She was always engaged in life and continually sought new adventures and passions. She enjoyed any craft or art, but especially painting ceramics, fine-art crocheting, sketching, quilting, writing, and adult coloring. She loved animals and took up horseback riding lessons at age 79 on an 18 hand horse, which she showed no fear of riding at 5.2, 100 lbs. She enthusiastically read and watched movies, a good portion being sci-fi. She always had that big "what-if" question on her mind and loved learning new things like that of the scientific realm and nature. She kept her mind active and sharp by keeping it engaged doing crosswords, Kakuros, Sudokus, or studying a new topic. She believed she could accomplish most anything in life that she set her mind to. And we are thankful to have had her as an example. Phyllis received great joy from the simple things in life such as family laughter, a child's smile, bird songs, sunsets, rooster crows, snow flakes, spring flowers, wind chimes, lunch out, and so much more. She was brave and hardly complained. She endured many illnesses and health issues, especially in her last six months. She fought until the last. She did not let the negatives of life hold her down. She put on a warm caring smile even though she may have been suffering inside. She always strove to overcome any obstacles that would inhibit her from accomplishing life's pleasures. Her quick and broad smile was infectious and everyone immediately loved her. Medical staff often asked if she was always this sweet and good-natured. No matter what she had to face (surgery, infections, stroke, pains, cancer) she treated medical staff, caregivers, friends, and family with love, caring, empathy, and genuine friendship. She faithfully read her bible and devotions daily, along with saying endless prayers for loved ones and those in need. She obtained her beauticians license at 18 and commuted daily between Bellingham and Seattle to work. At 19 she met Curtis Worrell, they married and moved to Merritt Island, Florida, where he worked at Cape Canaveral. Three children were born to them. In 1967 she returned to Washington state and married again a few years later to David Schnabel, and together they had two more children. She moved on from that marriage and wanted to be a self-sufficient woman so she became a long-haul truck driver for ten years. She retired from that career. Later she moved to Sheridan, WY, where she lived up until three years ago. Phyllis lived the last three years with her daughter and son-in-law on five acres in Stanwood, WA. Loved ones who preceded her in death: best friend and companion for 16 years, Vernon J. Rinehart of Sheridan, Wyoming; brother, Lloyd Barnett, Bellingham, WA, who passed just months before Phyllis; sister Diane Childers, Sumner, WA; father Arthur Barnett; mother Prudence Verla Kennedy Barnett; life-long friend Sara Schnabel Church, as well as Phyllis's second husband, David Schnabel. She is survived by her son Kurt Worrell, four daughters, Valerie Worrell Burgess, Yvonne Worrell Payne, Francess Schnabel Heath, and Davina Schnabel; her brother Joseph Barnett, twelve grandchildren, four great-grand children, and many more nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, dear friends, and her beloved dog, Peanut. Celebration of Life for Phyllis will take place on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, 2:00 pm at the home where she resided. Anyone who loved, adored, or appreciated her and would like to attend is welcome. Please call 425-359-4538 for the address. We would like to thank all of you who cared for or cared about our mother (sister, grandmother) Phyllis. Remembrances may be made to the Whatcom County Animal Rescue,, 2172 Division St. Bellingham, WA 98226, 360-733-2080.
Published in Bellingham Herald on Mar. 27, 2016
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