Phyllis Magida, 79, of Chicago, passed away suddenly on August 3rd in her home. Beloved mother of Andrew (Leslie) and grandmother of Max, Alex, and Sophie, dear sister of Lee (Alan) and Mike (of blessed memory), niece of Robert, and aunt of Joel and Sandra. Born to Brina and Herb Magida (both of blessed memory) in Chicago in 1936, Phyllis graduated from Roosevelt University and received her Master's in Education from National Louis University. She was devoted to family and animals - giving up meat and animal products for 30 years. She loved poetry and Bach. She embraced Jewish values and Jewish culture. A bestselling author, she wrote 13 books and over 2,000 articles during her career as a food critic and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Phyllis was a Chez Paree Adorable, built a harpsichord, played piano for the Second City Children's Theater, was one of the original Mississippi Civil Rights marchers, and wrote an optioned screenplay that addressed issues of early feminism. In her second career, she was an award-winning science teacher in the Chicago Public School system. Her passion for life and bright emotional presence was unmistakable. She is missed dearly by her friends and family, and indirectly by the countless animals she helped over the years. Donations can be made to PAWS Chicago. Memorial Service to be held at 10:30am, October 1st, Francesca's Restaurant, 1039 W Bryn Mawr, Chicago. Ample Parking. Please bring mementos or memories to share. For more information call 212 929 2086.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Aug. 21, 2016.