Friday, February 10, 2012

Rest in Peace - Phyllis E. Learned

One of our dearest members died on Tuesday, 7 February. Here is the obituary printed in the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper on 10 February for Phyllis E. Learned:

"LEARNED, PHYLLIS E. Sept. 6, 1922 to Feb. 7, 2012

Phyllis was born on Sept. 6, 1922, on her grandparents' farm outside Hildreth, Neb. to Maynard Goodwin and the former Violet Opal Gray. The parents soon parted and she grew up in various Nebraska towns where her mother first taught school then was a beautician. There Phyllis met her future husband Don Learned at a dance, and they were married on Feb. 6, 1943 in Jacksonville, Fla., during the middle years of World War II. Don stayed in the Navy and they eventually settled in San Diego, buying a home in National City, and later building one in Chula Vista.

Phyllis got interested in real estate and as a broker opened her own office, South Bay Investments, on Third Ave. in Chula Vista. She retired in 1980 after the death of her husband. She has been busy since then with her gardening, churches, family, and genealogy researches.

Phyllis died early Tuesday after a massive heart attack suffered the afternoon before while playing cards with friends at the Chula Vista Seniors Center. Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Hilltop Baptist Church, 740 Hilltop Drive, Chula Vista. A reception will be held at her daughter Jan's home afterwards. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Gideons Bible Society, either directly or through the church.

She is survived by her son, Don Learned, a former Evening Tribune reporter; her daughter, Jan High; four grandchildren (Scott Learned, Christi Connolly, Jason High, Devin High); and seven great-grandchildren.

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