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Phyllis Gibson, born Phyllis Ann Barbour, died at age 63 on February 13, 2010. She was born July 30, 1946 on Long Island, New York, to Paul and Elizabeth Barbour. Due to her father's lifelong career as an educator and a soldier, Phyllis lived in a variety of countries as a young girl, including Germany, before settling in San Antonio, Texas, for the majority of her school years. Phyllis moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 with her first husband Michael Nesmith of The Monkees, with whom she had three children. In the late 1960's she travelled the world with the band and was truly adored by young fans everywhere. In the 1970's she worked as a political aide to Senator Alan Cranston and many others. During those years she raised money and awareness for many of the causes she believed in. She took a very personal interest in helping Vietnam War veterans gain access to government benefits and easing their transition home. Following that, she had a long and successful career as a senior vice president, working with people she dearly loved at Winner & Associates, an L.A.-based communications firm. Her volunteer activities included work as an adult literacy tutor and service on the board of directors of the Travelers Aid Society of Los Angeles. She was an avid hiker, a voracious reader, yoga-enthusiast, a cat-fancier, and an angelic singer. Her passion for hiking and biking was truly established when she married her husband Bill, nearly twenty years ago. She is survived by her beloved husband Bill Gibson, her children Christian Nesmith, Jonathan Nesmith and Jessica Nesmith, her granddaughter Chyna Dale, her brother Bruce Barbour, and her sisters Cristine White and Joannie Cass. Phyllis was much beloved by all who knew her and she will be deeply missed. A memorial service for Phyllis will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 4832 Tujunga Avenue in North Hollywood on Sunday, February 28th at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to The ALS Association - Greater Los Angeles Chapter.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 25, 2010
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