PHYLLIS GALLANT

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Phyllis Hetfield Gallant, 84, Ormond Beach, a longtime resident of the Daytona Beach Area, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Phyllis Clare Hetfield was born Feb. 9, 1928 in New York City, the firstborn child of Phyllis Clare and Andrew Hetfield. As a child, she vacationed in the former Seabreeze area with her parents. After graduation from Orlando High School in 1946, she attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. She moved to this area permanently in the early 1950s, taking a job at The News-Journal on Orange Avenue. There, she worked at various jobs, including switchboard operator and assistant to Publisher Julius Davidson. It was also there - in 1954 - that she met the newspaper's new real estate editor - John Gallant. After a brief courtship, the couple married Dec. 26, 1954 at St. Paul's Catholic Church. She worked until the birth of her first child, Ian. Later, the family expanded by three more children - Ginny, Thomas and Sarah. She later returned to work in the Commercial Printing Division of the newspaper and ultimately retired from the library in the 1990s. She was member of St. Brendan's Catholic Church; her faith was very important to her. A veteran globetrotter, she and her husband traveled the world, to every continent except Antarctica. She was a docent at the Museum of Arts and Sciences and volunteered at the Palmetto Club. She enjoyed needlepoint and was an avid reader. She loved politics and worked as a pollworker during elections. She was predeceased by her husband, John; her sister, Sarah Jane Hetfield. She is survived by her son, Ian Andrew, Ormond Beach; Ginny Gallant Embree (Jim), Massachusetts; Thomas Gallant (Libby), Daytona Beach; and Sarah McCormick, Jacksonville; her sister, Anne Duffin (Michael), Delaware; sister-in-law, Cecille Gallant, Fort Wayne, Ind.; a cousin, Coralie Williams (Col. Charles Williams), Jacksonville; three grandchildren - Alexandra Embree, Margaret and Maxwell Gallant. Memorial services will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Lohman's Funeral Home, 733 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, with Father Richard Grasso officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Florida Hospital HospiceCare, 770 W. Granada Blvd., Suite 304, Ormond Beach, FL 32174. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Ormond. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com

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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Dec. 2 to Dec. 6, 2012
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