Phyllis Johnson Taber passed away peacefully July 22, 2017 with her husband of 71 years Philip Taber by her side.
Phyllis was born March 13, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Grace McNaughton Black Johnson and Albert Roy Johnson. She attended Stephens College in Missouri and the University of Arizona where she majored in Journalism and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Phyllis was an active member of the community. She served on the Saint Barnabas Alter Guild for 25 years. She was a member of the Valley Field and Riding Club, Barrow Women’s Board, the Board of Visitors, Columbine Garden Club, Junior League of Phoenix and Paradise Valley Country Club.
She is survived by her husband Philip Taber and children Nancy Pilkington of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ann Preston of Flagstaff, Arizona Molly Graham of Atlanta Georgia, John Taber of Tucson, Arizona and 9 grandchildren. Her son Philip Taber III pre-deceased her in 1979.
Travel was her passion and she visited over 100 countries during her lifetime. She loved big band music, dancing, art and laughter. Phyllis lived her life by example and was an inspiration to others. Her greatest joy was raising her children.
The family would like to sincerely thank Hettie Roberts and Jolanta Latusek for the beautiful care and commitment they made to our Mother.
The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 31, 2017 at St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, Arizona.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to
Barrow Neurological Foundation
Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center
350 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
The Board of Visitors
6245 N. 24th Parkway – Suite 110
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church
6715 N. Mockingbird Lane
Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253
Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.