Age 88 Of Duluth Passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at St. Luke's Hospital. Phyllis France moved to Duluth with her husband, Alfred and 2 small sons, Tom and Jack, in the spring of 1955. She had grown up in St. Paul, the daughter of Edward and Phyllis Brown, attended the Summit School and graduated from Smith College. A third son, Ted, was born in 1957. Upon discovering "the beach" at Park point the family spent many, many wonderful times there. Picnics galore were a part of their lives and became a part of the lives of many of their friends. Service to the Duluth community very soon grew into a major priority. Phil served as a trustee/board member to: the Depot, the DECC, Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation, UMD Medical School Admissions, Duluth Freshwater Aquarium, Building for women, Bush Foundation, First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center, Planned Parenthood, Regional Advisory Committee, Habitat for Humanity and Global Awareness Committee. She was also a board member of the Minnesota Science Museum. From 1978-1998 she was co-owner of The Canal Company in Park Point. Through the years there were many spirited political activities in support of and in opposition to actions that she felt were not in accord with her values. She was an avid tennis player and enjoyed cross country skiing. She also enjoyed playing golf in her later years. Phil is survived by Alfred, her husband of 63 years; 2 sons, Thomas (Meg) of Missoula, MT and Edward (Brigitte) of Altach, Austria; 4 granddaughters, Johanna and Melissa in Austria and Sonja and Toni in Montana; sister Perrin (David) Lilly of St. Paul and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Phil's life will be held at 12:30 pm on Friday, November 23, 2012 at the Decc Harbor Side Convention Center downtown Duluth. Family and friends are invited. Memorials may be directed to the UMD Medical School or the Building for Women. Arrangements entrusted to the Cremation Society of Minnesota 218-624-5200
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Published in Pioneer Press on Nov. 20, 2012