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Phyllis (Dautch) PEYTON (1925 - 2012)

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Phyllis Dautch. November 23 1925 - November 20, 2012. The world lost a remarkable woman on November 20, 2012. Phyllis Dautch Peyton had the life and energy of a 40 year old. At 86, she lived independently, sculpted, traveled the world, read extensively and loved her family dearly. She never let grass grow beneath her feet and loved to learn. She was passionate about her dogs and they about her. Phyl was born in Buffalo, New York on November 23, 1925 as the first daughter to Charles and Phoebe Dautch. Her beauty as a young girl stayed with her always. After a short stint in college, she married Aaron Juvelier, a concert violist on September 9, 1948. Two years later, she gave birth to her daughter Susan. A second marriage to Herbert M Heilbrun of Cincinnati took place on December 22, 1957. After moving to Cincinnati shortly thereafter, the family welcomed Phyl's second child Jeff Heilbrun on September 29, 1958. Five years later, Phyl's younger son Doug was born on December 13, 1963. Her only grandchild, Dages Juvelier Keates, was born on August 24, 1980. In October, 1993, Phyl married Dr. Kenneth Peyton of Blanchester, OH. Phyl and Ken resided in Indian Hill. Phyl had many interests, all pursued with passion and gusto: pianist, banjo player, tennis player, domino specialist, artist, volunteer, devoted and loyal friend, dog lover. Music was always a satisfying part of her life and she most recently discovered the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. A vibrant sense of style permeated her every endeavor. She was extremely proud of earning her BA in Art History from Union Institute at the young age of 64. Subsequently, she opened her own fashion business selling custom designed spats called "Archeys". Lack of sales did not dampen her entrepreneurial spirit as she quickly followed this endeavor with her miniaturized masterpieces turned into wearable art. Her artistic pursuits included oil painting, watercolor, pastels and most prolifically, sculpture. Her weekly schedule included a long-standing involvement in Walter Driesbach's sculpture group. She studied with Sylvia Jaffe in Pietrasanta, Italy. She worked in multiple media including wood, stone, bronze, and clay. Her work has been exhibited in multiple shows in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida. With all these adventurous pursuits, domestic talents were lso in her repertoire as an excellent cook, hostess and home stylist. The was a calling for Phyl as a way of honoring her diabetic father. She served as a multiple committee Chair of the Cincinnati affiliate and President from 1979-1981. Following this, she served on two committees of the ADA National Board from 1981-1983 and the Diabetes Task Force for the state of Ohio. She was Vice-President for the Brandeis National Women's Committee from 1976-1978 and also served as a board member of the National Council of Jewish Women, editing the council newsletter. Many lands across the world hosted her boundless and energetic curiosity. Phyl was an adventurer: from the the Antarctic Southern Ocean to the many cultures of Europe, from the Galapagos Islands to Russia, she would try about anything. For her 80th birthday, Phyl rode the four-man bobsled on the Olympic track in Park City, UT. She loved excitement. For her 85th birthday, she traveled 11 Italian cities in 10 days despite breaking a foot on day one. Animals were an important part of Phyl's life. Her enthusiasm for dogs went beyond her own pets to "any dogs at any time". Dogs in her household hit the jackpot and were part of her spiritual program. Phyl constantly sought expansion including that of her own psyche. Her laughter was infectious, her sweet tooth insatiable. Phyl was the consummate optimist and her death leaves a huge void in the lives of those who loved her. Phyl is survived by her husband, Dr. Kenneth Peyton, children Susan Juvelier (Mark Houser) of Jackson, WY, Jeff Heilbrun (Tracey) of Brevard, NC, and Doug Heilbrun (Mindy McKitrick) of Cincinnati, OH, granddaughter Dages Juvelier Keates of New York, NY, sister Nancy Urdan of California, cousin Dorothy Silver of Las Vegas, many nieces, nephews and cousins and dog Taffy. There will be a remembrance gathering on Friday November 30th at The Montgomery Inn in Montgomery. Please call (513) 861-9664 for a recording with details. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: , Cincinnati Chapter, 8899 Brookside Avenue, West Chester, OH 45069, SPCA of Cincinnati, 3949 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223, AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati, 2183 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214-2201. Condolences may be expressed online at:

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Nov. 25, 2012
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