Phyllis Jean Tezer

Phyllis Jean Tezer

September 17, 1933 - October 29, 2018
Dana Point CA

Phyllis Jean Tezer

September 17, 1933 - October 29, 2018
Dana Point CA


World traveller, teacher, wife, mother, sister and friend to many, Phyllis Tezer passed away peacefully on October 29th, 2018. Born Phyllis Jean Smith on September 17, 1933 in Detroit, she attended Wellesley College, and after her graduation followed the suggestion of a friend to go to Turkey to teach English at Robert College in Istanbul. There she met Chafer Tezer, with whom she would share 62 years of marriage. She had a natural gift for languages, and pursued writing as a hobby, publishing some of her stories in juvenile fiction magazines. While in Tehran, she transitioned from teaching at the American School to working as an advocate for teachers on the school board, eventually becoming chairman. After living around the world, in Turkey, Iran, Italy and Switzerland, she and Chafer made Dana Point their home for 37 years, retiring from the IRS in 1997. Generous and hospitable, she organized the family’s Thanksgiving celebrations, which were legendary, and welcomed family and friends alike. She was always ready for a good laugh and a good meal shared with the people she cared about.

She is survived by her husband Chafer, her sons Jeff and Tim, daughters-in-law Laura and Michele, her brother Fred, and many others who loved her and will miss her greatly.


Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: November 05, 2018 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Pacific View Memorial Park
  • Location: 3500 Pacific View Dr. Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 644-2700

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2 responses to Phyllis Jean Tezer

  1. RP says:

    My condolences to the family and all who loved Phyllis. The seeming finality of death is what makes it especially difficult. But we can have confidence that God yearns to bring back to life the dead who are preserved in his memory. (Job 14:14,15) His Word, the Bible, gives us a wonderful hope of living in a paradise on earth and seeing the resurrection of our dead loved ones. (Luke 23:43; John 5:28,29) May this bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

  2. Rip to her may the lord keep strengthening the wonderful family she left behind..

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