March 10, 1930 ~ June 18, 2013
Married to William Gary Swift from 1952 until his death
in 1998. Phyllis is survived by her four children Audrey Marie, Paul Gerard, Anne (Nancy) Theresa, and Francis David, as well as her brother David John Hickman.
Phyllis was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and lived in
Pennsylvania until moving to Fremont, California in 1961. She died at the home she has lived in for 52 years.
Phyllis was a devoted and loving mother, always putting
her children's needs ahead of her own. She was always available to us and ensured that we each received the support we needed. She is deeply missed.
After raising her children, Phyllis returned to university
to complete her bachelor's degree and obtain a teachers credential. She taught elementary school in Fremont Unified School District for more than 25 years, retiring at age 80. After 12 years of parochial education as a child, Phyllis never envisioned herself as a teacher but she ultimately found teaching to be her avocation: she derived great enjoyment and satisfaction in helping children.
Phyllis is remembered as a kind and gentle woman, who
treated everyone with respect and dignity. The world is a bit less bright with her passing.
Family and friends are invited to attend a 9:00 AM
Memorial Mass on Friday, June 28th, 2013 held at Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538. In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to the American Heart Association, 426 17th St., Suite 300 Oakland, CA 94612.