Phyllis Chase
1940 - 2015
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Phyllis Ann Barnard Chase
Phyllis Ann Barnard Chase passed peacefully unto our Lord on Wednesday evening, the 26th of August, 2015, with her family and friends by her side. Phyllis was born in Houston on the 4th of August, 1940, as the eldest child of the late Philip Dickinson and Helen Donovan Barnard. She is survived by her son, A. Donald Chase, Jr., his wife Kimberly and her three beloved grandchildren, Olivia Donovan Chase, Andrew Samuel Chase and Gwyneth Ann Chase, all of Wayne, Pa.; her brother Philip Donovan Barnard of Houston; and her many cherished nieces and nephews, all of whom "Aunt Phyllis" considered her own children. She was preceded in death by her youngest brother, the late Richard Chapin Barnard.
A proud native Houstonian, Phyllis attended Lamar High School and remained a faithful Lamar "Redskin" throughout her life. Prior to her senior year at Lamar, Phyllis travelled with her Girl Scout troop to Europe to participate in international Girl Guide/Girl Scout meetings and celebrations. She often reflected on the trip, its lasting impressions and friendships, and was proud of how the trip helped paved the way for diverse travel programs available to Girl Scouts today.
She attended the University of Texas to begin her studies in education and joined the Chi Omega Fraternity, remaining an active member throughout her years in Austin and as an alumna. In 1964, Phyllis graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, beginning her lifelong passion for teaching children.
Phyllis taught in Houston and Spring Branch area schools for over 40 years, beginning her career at Memorial Junior High. Later, she moved on to teach 5th and 6th grade at St. Francis Episcopal Day School and ultimately retired from Spring Branch Middle School in 2008. Her passion for reading, language arts and history propelled her career and influenced countless students. In her retirement, despite her physical disabilities, she continued to volunteer as a tutor and mentor to young people of all backgrounds. She remained constantly invigorated by the stories, challenges and blessings found in the relationships with her students, both in and out of the classroom.
Throughout her life, Phyllis was highly engaged as a patron of the arts in the Houston area as a supporter of the Houston Grand Opera, the Alley Theatre and the Museum of Fine Arts. She thrived on her volunteer activities as a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Southwest United Methodist Church, Lakewood Church, the Strake Jesuit Mother's Club, the St. Francis Episcopal Day School Board of Directors, and other educational, religious and civic organizations.
Phyllis was also a proud and passionate supporter of the communities where she lived across Houston. From her childhood home in Southgate, to the Briargrove Park neighborhood where she lived for 35 years, to her retirement at Brookdale Memorial City where she served on the new resident welcoming committee and as a resident board member, she remained a bright and shining face in the neighborhood.
Phyllis was propelled through her life by her Faith in God and her ever-present resilience. Her belief in and support of her family and friends was only matched by her unwavering love for them. "PA", as she was known to many, will be remembered as a genuine, faithful and caring friend and a beacon of enthusiasm to those whom she touched. We will miss you Gran.
Friends are cordially invited to celebrate her life with the family during a visitation from four o'clock in the afternoon until six o'clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 1st of September, in the parlor and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The funeral service will be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 2nd of September, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons. The interment will follow, via an escorted cortège, at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Andrew Samuel Chase, Colin Barnard, Richard C. Barnard, II, Ryan Barnard, Bryant Hinton and Joseph P. McAndrew.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial gifts be directed to the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Donor Services Department, 5120 Woodway Dr., Suite 6000, Houston, Texas 77056 or online at

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 30, 2015.
Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery
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September 4, 2015
Donnie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will always remember sweet Phyllis and the good times and memories at Voss West Little League and the vacations our families shared!
Edward Rose and Family
September 2, 2015
To her son Don, our thoughts are with you and your family.
Robert Bowen
September 1, 2015
What a lovely lady. You will be missed by all who knew you. My thoughts and prayers to your family.
Cynthia Russ
August 30, 2015
Phyllis is a great part of my memories, beginning in kindergarten at Roberts Elementary. Her mom was the Girl Scout leader for Troop 328. We all shared the joy of a 3 month trip to Europe between our Junior and Senior years at Lamar. PA will be greatly missed but forever will live in my heart.
Marilyn Mott Cameron
Houston, Texas
August 30, 2015
Phyllis Chase was one of my 6th grade teachers at St Francis. She was a great teacher and I really enjoyed her class and our conversations! I actually then taught at St Francis for 16 years and walked those same hallways we walked in middle school. Praying for her family that you feel peace and the Lords presence at this time.
Jennifer Henry Ross
August 30, 2015
So sad to learn of Phyllis' passing! We taught together at Memorial Jr. High and later renewed our friendship at St. Francis Episcopal Day School. She was such a joy to know!

Wilma Moore
Brentwood, TN
August 29, 2015
Our love and prayers are with you and yours Phyllis Ann.

Pam (Nides) Levinson
August 29, 2015
I love you Aunt Phyllis.
August 29, 2015
Dear Donnie and Kim , I am so sad for your loss. God bless and comfort your beautiful family. Jon and Susan Heimann
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