Phyllis Hall Stephens, September 12, 1928 – November 18, 2008, Laguna Hills, California
Phyllis Hall Stephens, the only child of Philip Taisey Hall and Mary Kinkle Hall of Hollywood, was born in Los Angeles and an alumna of North Hollywood High School and the University of Southern California where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
Besides providing love and wit to her family and friends, Phyllis’ passions were her country, the Armed Services who so proudly serve, The Republican Party, The USC Trojan Football, and her pride and joy the ‘Spirit of Troy’ Trojan Band.
Moving in 1963 to San Anselmo in Marin County, Phyllis became active in Pro-America, and an enthusiastic volunteer for San Dominico School and Cub Scouts. Her support of American military members included securing and transporting donated pizzas to Travis Air Force Base for troops returning from Viet Nam.
Phyllis returned to Hollywood in 1977 where she worked for Coldwell Banker Realty. She subsequently suffered a debilitating stroke, but it did not dampen her enthusiasm for life and lived her life fully.
As a resident of Laguna Hills for over 25 years, she was active with the Orange County Republicans, Laguna Hills Stroke Club, and Laguna Woods Transportation Bus for the Handicap.
Phyllis, ‘The See’s Candy Lady’, was honored in 1986 at a ceremony aboard the USS Saratoga for the moral boosting boxes of See’s Candy she sent to the seamen. She continued to support veterans through the Paralyzed Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Phyllis is survived by her sons, Phillip Shumate of Mission Viejo and Douglas Shumate of San Rafael, and step-daughter Sarah Stephens of Petaluma. She was the beloved grandmother of Taylor Shumate, and Marisa, Joey and Jack Sesto, and cousin, Electa Fairchild, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX.
Services will be held at Mission Hills Community Church, 29582 Aventura, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on Monday, November 24, at 11:00 am with a reception immediately following. Burial will be at 3:00 at Forest Lawn in Hollywood, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memorium to the Paralyzed Veterans Association and Spirit of Troy Trojan Band, Phyllis’ favorite charities.
O’Connor Mortuary, 949 581-4300