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PHYLLIS LOUISE QUINN 2/20/1930 - 6/2/2015 Phyllis, 85, passed away peacefully at her home in Los Osos, CA surrounded by family on June 2, 2015. Phyllis Louise Sweet was born in Riverside, CA on February 20, 1930. Phyllis was raised in Riverside, CA, attended Poly High School, graduated in 1948 and then went to Riverside City College. In 1950, she married Jerry Muratet and started a family. The children of Phyllis' first marriage to Jerry Muratet are Michael A. Muratet, Patricia Anne Rendell, John R. Muratet, Alan D. Muratet, James D. Muratet and Jerianne Feig. After Jerry passed away, Phyllis married Bernard Quinn, and happily joined two families, that had been neighbors and friends for years. That marriage brought the two families together adding Bernie's children, Bernard Quinn, Catherine Quinn Mace, Patrick Quinn, Michael F. Quinn and Mary Quinn McCarthy. After Bernie retired, he and Phyllis moved to a beautiful home in Los Osos, CA, overlooking Morro Bay. Their home was the location of many happy family gatherings including Phyllis' epic 70th birthday celebration. Phyllis provided swimming lessons, during the summer, to the neighborhood children in her backyard pool. She was involved with the Boy Scouts, serving as a Den Mother for her sons' Cub Scout Dens. She also participated in the Boy Scouts of America Troop 62. The family spent a great deal of time in Idyllwild at Camp Emerson Boy Scout Camp. Phyllis was active in the PTA at Madison Elementary School while her children were growing up. She played the piano for the children's choir and helped to produce several school musicals. She was also a dedicated member of the Para Ninos organization of Children's Home Society and later the Assistance League. She participated in the Para Ninos Haunted House at Shamel Park as well as other fundraisers for the group. Phyllis was a great lover of nature. Growing up in Riverside she frequently went out hunting with her father in the Lake Matthews area. She pursued the wonders of the outdoors. She shared this love of the outdoors with her children on backpacking trips. Phyllis loved the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho and for many years had a second home there and spent her summers in Ketchum, Idaho. She made her first trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and fell in love with it. After that she was a regular with Rocky Mountain River Tours and made the trip every July with Bernie for more than 20 years. Her last trip was in 2007 at the age of 77. Phyllis took several trips down the river with her children and grandchildren. Phyllis was preceded in death by her first husband, Jerry Muratet, and her second husband Bernard Quinn; her sisters Sylvia Hoskins and Diana Ells; and Bernie's children Catherine, Patrick and Michael. Phyllis is survived by her brother Fredrick and his wife Cathlyn Sweet; her brother-in-law Bill Hoskins; her children; Bernie's children, Bernie, Mary and their spouses; 21 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, her nieces and nephews and the extended Sweet/Stebler family Phyllis experienced a great deal, lived her life to the fullest, and loved all she met. She was loved by many, but most of all by her children and the river she rode for many years. Phyllis' remains were cremated and will be deposited in Idaho by her children and grandchildren next year. There will be a memorial service in Los Osos on June 27 at 1 p.m. at Phyllis' residence. According to her granddaughter, Christiane, Phyllis was a whiskey drinking, river rafting, gourmet cooking, funny mama. Her final words of wisdom to her granddaughter Dawn, "Smile, keep your pants on, and don't scratch your butt" In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Wilshire Hospice, 277 South Street, Suite R, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Phone (805) 782-8608 [email protected] or to donate on line http://www.wilshirehospicecc.org/contact.php#.VXi7w-_bKUk

Published in Press-Enterprise on June 21, 2015
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