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Celebration of Life

My nephew Joe was graduating from high school and Phyllis was originally planning on being there.  My brother Joey and his wife Terry decided to have a "Celebration of Life" party for friends and family to get together to commemorate her life.  We had Phyllis' party on Friday and then Joe's graduation party was the following day.

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The podium table with the flag box from the Navy and a tribute photo of Phyl

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Pete, cuzin Tyler (Denise) and Ron

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Pete, cuzin Paul, cuzin Diane and cuzin Linda

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Aunt Hazel, mom, Aunt June and Aunt Cidy

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Aunt June, Uncle Jack, sister Cindy, cuzin Angie and Cuzin Tyler

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Pete, sister Cindy, cuzin Tyler and Ron

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Pete, Linda and Diane

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Cuzin Chuck and Ron

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Aunt Hazel, mom, Aunt June and Aunt Cindy

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Sister Mary and Pete

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A table with mementos en the garage

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Some illustrations we found that Phyllis made while in college, I had never seen these before!

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Show’s Phyllis’ immense talent

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Ron, Aunt Hazel and Pete

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Cindy

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Mom and Aunt Cindy

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Cuzin Joey and wife Glenda

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Niece Nina and mom

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Top: Ron, Joe, Terry, Paige, Joey, Mom, Cindy, Nina, Marcel, Sam
Bottom: Arlene (Macay babysitter), Ryan, Karly, Pete, Krystn

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Then some family members got up to say a few words.

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Sister Mary talking about sharing a bedroom with Phyl!

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Laurel was a childhood neighbor friend of Phyllis’, she remembers laying on her back with Phyllis in her bedroom as 12 year olds, and Phyllis was telling her how she could use color to redecorate her room, she couldn’t believe someone that young could be giving decorating advice!

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Aunt June, mom, Aunt Hazel, Aunt Phillipa, Aunt Cindy

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Arlene was the Macay babysitter, although just a few years older then Phyllis, she babysat for our entire family over the years.  That’s my brother Joeys’s daughter, Krystn, on the right.

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Top: Ron, Joe, Terry, Paige, Joey, Mom, Cindy, Nina, Marcel, Sam
Bottom: Arlene (Macay babysitter), Ryan, Karly, Pete, Krystn, Mary

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Cuzin Linda, cuzin David and wife Trina

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Cuzin Jeanne and Linda

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Several of us got a tattoo of Phyllis’ signature, some had a sail boat too.

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Even though it was June, it got cold at night, the party moved into Joey’s barn.
Cuzin Paul, Teresa, Chris, Chris’ wife (not sure), and Phyllis.  Both Phyllis’ are named after my mother’s mother.

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Pete, Nina and Mary

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Next day cleanup with Cindy and Aunt Hazel

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We say our goodbyes before Ron and I head back to the airport.

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Me and my bro!