Phyllis Mae Mowery
December 5, 1934 – August 5, 2019
Phyllis Mae Mowery, 84, passed away on August 5, 2019 surrounded by her family. Born on December 5, 1934 in Millville, PA; she was the daughter of the late Leroy Thrash and Lula Lyons Thrash and wife of the late Lee Arnold Mowery. Phyllis and Lee were both born on their aunt’s farms four miles and four hours apart. They met in school and became husband and wife soon after. They were together for 61 glorious years.
Phyllis attended and graduated from a business accounting school and Lee Mowery joined the Air Force, where they served for 22 years before retiring. They enjoyed the opportunity to travel and live in beautiful places, such as Japan and Hawaii. They eventually retired in Maryland for 30 years before moving to North Carolina. Throughout Phyllis’s career, she worked in a bank and finance until she retired. She enjoyed raising three boys and one daughter. She also stayed active teaching children in the Church. Her hobbies included making crafts, decorating cakes, sewing, cooking for holiday occasions, and being a member of the Eastern Star. She also loved to sing, play the ukulele, piano and organ. She was funny, enjoyed life, and lived her life following God.
She is survived by her son: Doug Mowery and wife Sue of Fernandina Beach, FL; her daughter: Vicki Buchanan and husband Alton Buck Buchanan of Smithfield; by her brother: Paul Thrash and wife Angela Thrash, of Myrtle Beach, SC; by her grandchildren: Jill Blair and husband Adrian; Casey Dreher and husband Jason; Katie Spear and husband Jeff; William Michetti; great-grandchildren: Quintin, Maxwell, Nolan, Finley, and Dean; a niece and nephew and their families in Pennsylvania; and other family and friends, including several cousins.
Phyllis was also preceded in death by two sons: Ricky Mowery and Kris Mowery.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11 am at Vintage Church (118 S. Person Street – Raleigh, NC), with a reception following. Private Family Graveside Services will be held at Raleigh Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Phyllis.
- St. Jude's Children's Hospital
- Memorial Service, Followed by Reception Saturday, August 10, 2019
Phyllis Mae Mowery
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Wendy Coats Shipwash
August 16, 2019
A warm smile is what I remember most about Vicki's Mom. Even when she was going through very traumatic times in her life she could always smile. My Mom was asked one day, "Jean, why are you always smiling?" She answered, "Because my husband and my Lord love me very much!" Mrs. Phyllis had that same love and it was beautiful. Vicki, you smile just like that! How you keep going some days with your health challenges and life challenges is beyond me. You don't think you inherited the "Energizer Bunny" trait but you did! No regrets is our motto and I'm sure you have none. You were the best daughter on the Planet, to her last breath and she was lucky to have you! Prayers for you and your family! I will see you on the porch soon for some porch therapy. Love y'all!🥰
August 16, 2019
You were full of joy, full of endurance and strength. How I was amazed in awesome wonder...remember I asked you how come that your energizer bunny was all full of endurance, yet this lil energizer bunny of yours got the generic batteries??? 🤣 I enjoyed ALL our trips together ( including the ones to the hospital) I treasured our time spent together...Mom, we laughed at ourselves at the crazy things we would encounter together 🤣 You never met a stranger and always had the door open for anyone that you would end up adopting as family forever. I’m in awe of the prophet that you were by just being YOU! I’m the luckiest, blessed girl that had her arms wrapped around you and Daddy as you took GOD’s hand to your everlasting home🌈. I’m so grateful that GOD gave me parents that molded me to the person that I am today...always love, always go with your heart, always bring joy, always be understanding, grateful, never lie or cheat, and to always have trust, hope, and faith in our Lord and Savior. Momma we had many cherished memories with laughter, how grateful I am. I’m sorry I cried but, Momma they are always happy tears😂.
Love you SO MUCH!!
August 15, 2019
So many good memories of your mom and dad while we lived in Hawaii. Lots of dinners at each other's homes, card playing with other friends at everyone's homes, staying at Bellows Air Station having fun at the beach. Your mom taught me how to make an Hawaiian Quilt which I treasure. Fondly remember one Sunday afternoon when your dad brought out the guitar and we sang all the Hank William songs. Your dad was surprised how this German girl knew the words to all these songs.
One of the things about your mom impressed me so much was that she could decide to make a dress the morning of an event and wear it that night.
So many good times. Most of all, we LAUGHED a lot together and always had a wonderful time.
I will iss her!
August 14, 2019
I was a cousin to Phyllis through marriage. We were quite a few years apart in age so I really didn't get to know Her until maybe 15 years before she passed I enjoyed reminiscing with her when her and her husband Lee would come to Berwick to visit family. We enjoyed sharing family stories and talking about banking. We also continued to share Christmas cards every year till 2018.
Sue and Dan Lynch
August 8, 2019
Aunt Phyllis will be remembered for her love and compassion! We have fond memories of her continuous love for family and ongoing support and encouragement! Your smile will always be remembered. You will be missed! Much love~Sue, Dan, Jessi and Rachel Lynch