Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Phyllis Jardin died Aug. 11 in Gig Harbor. She was 81 years old. Her energy made everyone around her feel cared for.
Phyllis lived at Lake Holiday for over 40 years and was a dedicated community volunteer. If it involved kids, she was ready to do what she could and to make it special. She organized many years of big Easter egg hunts. She especially loved being a lunch lady at Vaughn Elementary School.
She was a longtime volunteer at an annual fishing derby. She was always down at the Key Peninsula Sportsmen’s Club bright and early to have breakfast ready for the fishermen. She did all the grocery shopping and ran the kitchen. She ran the bingo game at the clubhouse too, doing the shopping for the blackout prizes, drinks and snacks.
She was twice nominated for Key Peninsula Citizen of the Year Award.
A big Key Peninsula News fan, she read each new issue cover to cover. She sold ad space for the newspaper during its infancy in the late 1970s and early ’80s.
Phyllis helped with social events after moving to assisted living and loved to participate with bingo, crafts and readers’ theater. She enjoyed welcoming new residents to help them feel comfortable. She continued to attend her “Red Hats” lunches with old friends.
She was a prayer warrior and often prayed for others. Her love of God was a light that shined through her.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Robert, who died in 2010. She and her family never stopped celebrating their wedding anniversary.
Phyllis loved to feed others. Thoughtful and helpful to everyone, she made her biggest impact on the students and families of the Key Peninsula. To contribute in her honor, please donate to Key Peninsula Community Services.
Current restrictions prevent gathering but the family is hopeful for a spring memorial.