OBITUARY

Phyllis Jean McGuire

February 14, 1931December 29, 2020

Phyllis McGuire, of the famed trio, The McGuire Sisters, passed of natural causes on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada surrounded by family and friends. She was 89.

Born on February 14, 1931, in Middletown, Ohio to parents Asa, who worked for ARMCO Steel; and her mother Lillie Fultz, who was an ordained minister.

Known as "the one in the middle" and lead vocal of the popular music trio, their classic harmony has immortalized hit songs such as "Sincerely," "Sugartime," "Just for Old Times Sake," "He," "Something's Gotta Give,” and "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight."

Her television and stage performance career spanned over half a century, with performances all over the world, including a Command Performance for the Queen of England and appearances for five U.S. Presidents at the White House.

She was a fixture on the Las Vegas stage as a solo artist headlining with names such as Johnny Carson, Danny Thomas, and Sammy Davis Jr.

Las Vegas' leading citizen as a constant "unidentified donor" to many charitable organizations in the Las Vegas community. She was also an icon on its social scene, from entertaining royalty and show business elite to her many charitable events held at her home.

She is survived by her Nephews Harold Ashcraft, Rex Williamson and David Williamson. No services are scheduled.

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Robert Huffman

January 24, 2021

I will always be grateful for the kindness Phyllis McGuire showed to me. A true Star that made me feel important too. Thank you Phyillis, RIP.

Helen & Charlie Curtin

January 9, 2021

I was indeed saddened to hear about the passing of Phyllis. I met the McGuire Sisters when they were on the Arthur Godfrey show in New York City. Had the splendid opportunity of meeting them and conversing with them. I really enjoyed their voices and entertainment. As a matter of fact on my radio show I featured the McGuire Sisters song "Happy New Year" and shared their beautiful voices with my listening audiences .
Phyllis, you are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP with your dear family. The heavens will be entertained with the charm of your voices.

Thomas Akoury

January 4, 2021

I met Phyllis and her Sisters in 1992 when they came on board the Royal Viking Sun to perform while we were on a world cruise. They were all such sweet ladies. Phyllis and I immediately became friends. Being a sound engineer of many years, I had heard of The McGuire Sisters but it never have the honor to mix them live. My dad was a huge fan in the fifties and sixties and I think had a crush on Phyllis. He was shocked and amazed when I told him that I was working with them on the ship. After the two weeks they were on board Phyllis asked if I'd like to work with them again. I told her I would love to and when I got off the ship I flew to Las Vegas to do a two-week engagement at the Desert Inn with the McGuire sisters and an orchestra. During that run Phyllis had me bring my parents to Las Vegas. She got them seats with two of their friends in King's row. My dad was in 7th Heaven sitting in the front row at the Desert Inn watching McGuire Sisters perform After the show she had me bring them back to the Green Room my dad and mom and their friends got to meet all three of the sisters and take pictures with them. Phyllis pulled out a publicity photo that they had and wrote a lovely message to my parents about what a wonderful sound engineer I was and what a great person I was and that they should be proud of me. My dad had that hanging on his wall in his house till the day he died. Thank you Phyllis for being such a wonderful person and I know that heaven is sounding so sweet with you and your sisters up there singing together again. Godspeed Phyllis McGuire. We will all miss you

Paul Speca

January 4, 2021

Paul Speca

January 4, 2021


Thank you Phyllis for all the beauty grace and elegance that was you. You put Las Vegas on the map. Your kindness and generosity will never be forgotten. Every time I pass by Rancho Circle my face lights up with a huge smile just thinking of you.

Now that you've gone home to reunite with Christine and Dorothy the heavens will rejoice with the songs you sing, I have listened to you ladies for years and truly enjoyed each and every show.

Thank you again and may you always walk in sunshine!

With loving memories,
Paul Speca

Dorothy Swanson

January 3, 2021

How can I summarize 65 years of being one of Phyllis' Superfans? I only met her three times, but our Christmas correspondence endured - as well as at other times. Bless her, she always remembered who I was. I took joy in sending her occasional cards; what a surprise when she would respond! How special it was to be on her Christmas calendar list. Just a fan - a superfan- way back when, and ALWAYS. I can't send you cards anymore, dear Phyllis, but I can send you prayers. May You Always rest in peace.

David Woolbright

January 3, 2021

I am truly sorry for her passing. She was more than a boss to my sister Sandy. My sister spent many decades working for and when our mother passed away Phyllis was one of the first to arrive at my mother house to comfort my sister. She will be truly truly missed. RIP MS. PHYLLIS.

Cindy Mudd-Lindberg

January 2, 2021

I am saddened that Phyllis has left our stage on to her heavenly stage! She's in great company!
Miss McGuire showed our family amazing compassion when my Dad David Mudd was dying from cancer,who was married to her sister Christine..always sending food the most amazing exotic flower arrangement weekly which he so looked forward to! They would spend time on the phone cackling!
I wish we had more time together but as the say "the show must go on", well life goes on! Godspeed Phyllis..
My sincere condolences to Sandy, her nephews, many friends. Celebrate a life well lived!
Cindy Mudd-Lindberg

Jeff Harnar

January 1, 2021

Phyllis McGuire has left us.
I’m grateful to have worked for her, worked with her, been her houseguest in Las Vegas and remained connected for 35 years.

Phyllis and my mom: both Valentine’s Day babies, born a year apart.
My birthday is the same date as Phyllis’s mother’s.
Phyllis always put great stock in our synchronicity of numerology.
... And thus both my mom and Phyllis lived to be 89, mom passing on Dec 30 last year, Phyllis on Dec 29 this year.

I came into Phyllis McGuire’s life as a room service waiter at The Regency Hotel. She hired me away to be her major-domo at her East 75th St townhouse. Four years later I was her opening act for a stop on The McGuire Sisters reunion tour. I suggested Alex Rybeck as their New York rehearsal pianist ... and in 2004 he & I were her houseguests at 100 Rancho Circle in Las Vegas - where one walks through a 33’ Eiffel Tower to enter the living room and through a 20’ Arc de Triomphe to leave. We crossed a swan-filled moat to reach our guest house. Upon arrival she handed us a folder with all of our VIP show tickets and complementary dinner reservations for our visit. When Alex & I opened at Feinstein’s at The Regency twenty-one years after I’d first been a waiter there she filled the green room with Champaign colored balloons.

She was a master class in a kind of entertainment and professionalism and one of my genuine only-in-New York stories. It was a Sugartime and I will miss her Sincerely.

karen zamboni

January 1, 2021

I was deeply saddened to learn that Phyllis had passed away.My condolences to her surviving family members and Sandy. Rest in Peace Phyllis.You will be missed.
Karen and Nicolis Zamboni

FROM THE FAMILY