Beautiful, nurturing, accepting of all, Phyllis Mary (Duffy)
Anderson was not judgmental, carried no grudge, and believed that
you get what you give. Her generosity and dedication to everyone she
met was unsurpassed. Phyllis was daring, fun and had an abundant
zest for life. In her 50’s she took up downhill skiing, in her 60’s she
went river rafting, in her 70’s she began lifelong exercise and water
aerobics, in her 80’s she tried jet skiing and kayaking. She set the bar
high for herself and all of those who follow her footsteps. Phyllis found
joy in having her family all together, which to her credit happens a lot.
Lymphoma took her tired body, but not her heart and soul.
Phyllis lived over 55 years in Magnolia She was born in Everett,
WA to Isabelle and John Duffy. She graduated from Everett High
School, and the Providence/Seattle University School of Nursing. She
married her partner in crime, love and adventure, George Mockly
Anderson on September 30, 1950. In their 65 years together they raised
10 children: George (Brydie), Susan/Brian Vaughan, Karen, Tracie
Kovac, Martin, Janine/Dan Wallin, Keith (Mary Ann), Katheryn,
Karelynn/Kelly Thayer, and Alfred. They have 22 grandchildren, 16
great-grandchildren and 2 more on the way. Phyllis loved her nieces,
nephews and cousins dearly. She was predeceased by her daughter
Katheryn, her parents, grandparents, her older brother, Bill Duffy and
younger sister, Maureen Lindberg.
Phyllis retired from Group Health. She was active in her
community, Our Lady of Fatima Parish and School, the Lucia Guild,
Serra Club, Jesuit Club, Right to Life, SEIU 1199, SU Nursing Alumni
and was a regular at the pool. She was Mrs. Magnolia for several
years. A funeral mass was held September 10, 2015.