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Phyllis Marie Howe

July 18, 1933October 9, 2020

Phyllis Marie Howe was born on July 18, 1933 in Salinas, California and passed away on October 9, 2020 in Fresno, California and is under the care of Boice Funeral Home.

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David Black

October 19, 2020

This is the obit we'll put in the Salinas paper in a couple of weeks:

Long time Salinas resident Phyllis Howe passed away on October 9th at the age of 87 in Fresno, California. She died of complications from the novel coronavirus after a valiant three month battle. Raised on a farm near Chular, CA she graduated from Gonzales High School and attended Hartnell College before taking a job with the Monterey Country Sheriff's Department. She later worked at the State of California Labor Commissioner's office in Salinas and as a realtor.
An avid bridge player and world traveler, Phyllis had many friends in the Salinas area, as well as Fresno where she moved in 2017 to be with her family. She was an advocate of life long learning and was active with many art mediums including oil and water painting, sketching, and drawing. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the National Steinbeck Center later in life. Phyllis also was an active member in the Alpha Nu sorority.
Her husband Del passed away in July from the novel coronavirus. She is survived by her brother Richard Avila, children David Black (Rebecca) and Roberta Baughman (James) , Stepchildren Gordon Howe (Teresa), Cathy Truesdale (David), Grandchildren Tamara Hardin, Terri Weeks, Robert Black, Julie Black, Tyler Chappel, Casey Chappel, six great grandchildren and four step grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held when conditions allow. Donations may be sent to her favorite charity the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Tyler Chappel

October 14, 2020

I am very thankful to have you as my grandma. I will have to get use to not calling once or twice a week to check on you. There are too many great memories to share. It's crazy to think my journey started when you bought me my first plane ticket at the age of 9 to visit you in California. I promise I will continue the tradition and visit our family every year if possible. I cherish every memory with you and you will always be in my heart. I have every birthday and Christmas card you sent me. Thank you for all of your wisdom that you shared with me throughout the years. Thank you for all the love and support you gave me and my family. I know your in heaven with my mom. I will see you both again one day. Love you Grandma.

Lawrence Spencer

October 10, 2020

Dell and Phyllis were best man and matron of honor at our wedding. We were friends for many decades. We will miss them and rejoice in the knowledge that both of them are secure with Jesus for eternity.

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