Phyllis Anne Howat

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Phyllis Anne Howat
Mar. 16, 1926- Feb. 24, 2011

Phyllis Anne Howat was born March 16, 1926 in Seattle, WA to Philip J, McDonald and Dorthea (Swanson) McDonald. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on February 24, 2011.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Donald Howat; and five sons, Don and wife, Martha, David and wife, Terilee, Jim, Jeff and wife, Su, Phil and wife, Lauri; 11 grandchildren, Christopher, Anne, Nathan, Sam, Joy, Brookann, Janel, Kelsey, Emily, Jaime and Jake; nine great-grandchildren, Darby, Chase, Donovan, Ian, Phoebe, Holden, Donald, Henry and Madeleine; sister, Marion Herrity; numerous nieces and nephews; and her dearest friend, Unni Herne.
Phyllis met Don Howat in Seattle and they were married on December 12, 1947. They lived in the greater Seattle area before retiring and moving to Sequim, WA.
Phyllis grew up in Seattle and was a talented piano player who played as a young soloist with The Seattle Symphony. Swimming was a life long pleasure and she enjoyed swimming in waters all around the world, most recently at SARC where she adored her walking lane partners and locker room ladies. She worked for the YMCA teaching swimming and later with the Seattle School District as a Special Educator, referred to as "Teacher Phyllis." She treated every child as her own and everyone loved her for her genuine care and compassion.
She excelled in any endeavor she pursued and was a consummate artist who expressed herself with her music and sewing. She was a supporter of the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera for many years, attending concerts and opera's with her friend Unni and family. Phyllis had a passion for quilting and met many good friends through the Sun Bonnet Sue quilting group. She leaves her family with many beautiful reminders of her skills. Phyllis was an avid card player and looked forward to her card ladies who played Pinochle and Canasta on a regular basis.
Her Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., March 19, 2011 at the Faith Lutheran Church, 382 W. Cedar Street in Sequim.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 E. 8th St., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Published in The Herald (Everett) on Mar. 17, 2011
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