Phyllis Ann Michalik Woods, 82, went to be with the Lord on June 12, 2020. Phyllis was born in New Orleans, LA on September 12, 1937, to parents, Philip John Michalik and Thelma Alice (Carey) Michalik. She was a graduate of John McDonogh High School and received her undergrad at Southeastern University. Phyllis was an educator for over 40 years in many parts of Louisiana and primarily in St. Charles Parish. She was a reading specialist for many years and loved helping students learn the gift of reading and enhance their love for books. She spent the latter years of her career as an elementary school librarian. She was a member of the Church of God Ministries International and enjoyed singing in the choir, enjoying fellowship with her church family, and leading the children's worship. Phyllis was an avid writer and authored a plethora of poems, songs, and even wrote a novel set in New Orleans based on one of her ancestors. She always enjoyed using her talent to gift others with poems and she got a kick out of creating rap songs for the many talent shows she entered at church events, cruises and anywhere fun was to be had. One of her biggest passions was being the author of her children's book series, Egbert Egret, of which she wrote over 20 books and had over 200 story ideas noted. Phyllis had a contagious smile and found the joy in life. She loved dancing, singing, and traveling and had a huge heart for animals. She profoundly loved her daughter, Tara, and would share that with everyone she encountered. Being a mother and a grandmother filled her heart with love and pride. Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, Philip, and Thelma Michalik; sisters, Thelma Hadley, and Joan Hudgens. Left to cherish her memory is, daughter, Tara Lynn Woods Knowles, and husband Joshua Allen Knowles; grandchildren, Grayson, Addilyn and Brynlee Knowles; sister Betty Kulivan; nieces Karen, Linda, Tami and nephews Joey, Kenneth, and James; as well former spouse, Rodney J. Woods. A Celebration of Life service will be held for her at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Blvd, Metairie, LA 70006, on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Visitation will be from 9am-11am with the service starting at 11am. Immediately following the service will be the Interment at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124. A reception will directly follow at Bucktown Hall, 310 Ash St., Metairie, LA 70005. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting a donation in Phyllis' name to the charity of your choice
, and you are encouraged to wear bright colors to the service to celebrate her life as she loved all things vibrant. The online guestbook is available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com
Published by The Times-Picayune from Jun. 5 to Jun. 12, 2021.