PHYLLIS A. REGIS, 89, passed on Oct. 24, 2018 while at Lady Lake Specialty Care. Phyllis was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on March 30, 1929. Her parents, Evelyn and Glen Regis, predeceased her as did her much adored brother, Bob, a commercial airline pilot. A second brother, Billie, died at age 8. Phyllis has a nephew, Reg, living in Philadelphia with his wife, Nina. Phyllis stood tall and did things her way. She was a lover of sports, the outdoors, and travel. She had a great intellect and sense of curiosity and independence. Phyllis spent a year working a U.S. government program in Guam just after completing high school.
She loved to dance and did it well. After returning from Guam, she taught dance at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Texas while staying with her brother Bob and his wife. Phyllis went on to graduate from Indiana University, Bloomington, and subsequently received a M.A. while on the west coast. She worked as a school psychologist, a juvenile probation officer, and taught community college while in the San Diego area. Ever on the move, Phyllis joined the U.S. Navy going to Officer Candidate School. Her service was spent in Norfolk, VA in the Naval Communications Unit as a cryptographer. After leaving the Navy, as Lt. Commander, she served in the reserves.
Phyllis’s next venture was shared with a friend who bought, rehabbed, and then sold homes in the Los Angeles area. She took time to see parts of Europe, Singapore, and Japan. Taking to the housing experience, she moved to the Seattle area and built two large homes on the sound, acting as her own contractor.
The road was calling again so she purchased a 32-foot motor home and headed cross country by herself landing in Florida She stayed in Fort Myers where she met her partner, Barbara Consilio, with whom she spent the past nineteen plus years moving about and through three different motor homes. While in Fort Myers they built a hurricane proof house on the golf course on Pine Island living there for two years. Phyllis and Barbara moved to the Asheville, NC area for eight years before returning to Florida and to The Villages and friends there.
Our gratitude to Dr. Balaraman, Dr. Hussein, Cornerstone Hospice, and Lady Lake Specialty Care for their compassionate care given to Phyllis. Phyllis has Heaven and Earth to explore, knowing that she is in our hearts, and will be loved always and dearly. Go in peace, my friend.