|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1917|
|Death: ||May 11, 2013|
Phyllis Gwendolyn Albin, our beautiful, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother peacefully passed away May 11, 2013, when she went to be with the Lord. She knew the blessed assurance of her eternal salvation.
She was born on the home farm, July 13, 1917, in Norcatur, Kansas, to William and Cora Abernathy. She was the eighth of eight children; the last of her family's generation. Her parents and siblings have all preceded her in death.
On November 28, 1935, Phyllis married her childhood sweetheart, Lowell E. Albin, at the Methodist parsonage in Norcatur, Kansas. They were happily married for nearly 58 years when Lowell passed away in September, 1993.
Phyllis and Lowell spent the first few years of their marriage in Kansas farming, but at the end of the Great Depression and with the devastation of the Midwest drought, they moved to the San Joaquin Valley, California. Lowell served as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, Lowell started a surveying and land-leveling business in Escalon, California.
In 1955, the family moved to Pasco, Washington, when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation opened the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project to WW II veterans for irrigation development of the land. For several years, they owned a Grade A dairy, and Phyllis handled most of the dairy operations, while Lowell farmed.
After they sold the dairy, Phyllis worked as a cook for the Pasco School District. She thoroughly enjoyed cooking for the students and getting to know the kids personally. She retired as head cook at Edwin Markham Elementary School in 1985. Often, many of her former students recognized her in public. They always greeted her fondly, recalling the many times she prepared home-cooked lunches and special desserts for them.
Being a charter member of the Friendly Neighbors Club in the community, she enjoyed the Block 16 ladies meetings held in the members' homes. She always looked forward to attending these bi-monthly gatherings, until it was no longer possible for her.
Lowell and Phyllis were instrumental in helping form the Block 16 Community Association soon after they arrived in the area. As a community, they regularly held meetings, programs, potlucks, picnics, and benefits during the early years of Block 16's development. These activities had a large attendance, and it became the catalyst for neighborhood and family entertainment.
Music has always been a meaningful part of Phyllis's life from a very early age. She played piano, accordion, and organ. As a teenager, she played accordion with her two brothers-- Charlie who played guitar, and Ralph who played banjo. The musical trio performed for many community events and folk dances. In the very early 1930's, they even performed on a local radio show, which created much excitement in that day.
Christmas Eve reunions at the farm home always included carol-singing around the piano. Phyllis encouraged everyone to heartily participate, without excuse.
Phyllis was happiest while entertaining her friends and family who visited often. She cooked abundant amounts of food for all who came, and no one could possibly leave hungry. Her young granddaughters, and occasionally, grandsons, too, spent time at Grandma Albin's house enjoying tea parties.
Having a strong, Christian faith, her life-long spiritual journey was amazing and began in earliest childhood. For many years, she was a member of the Escalon Methodist Church in Escalon, California. For the past 40 years, she has been an active member of Country Christian Center, Pasco, where she had often served as church pianist and organist. Phyllis shared her own special gift to all who sought her spiritual encouragement. She became well-known in the community for making time for those who needed a thoughtful word, prayer, hug, or a cup of tea or coffee. The doors to the Albin home were always open to all. Phyllis will be missed by those whose lives she gently touched in many ways.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell, and children; Roger Albin and Karen Petty, son-in-law, Shane Griffin, and great-granddaughter, Kendra Rhea Griffin-Marsh. She is survived by son, Arlen (Gail), of Pasco; daughter, Karla (Dan), of Spokane; daughter-in-law, Helen Marie Albin of Longview, Washington; and son-in-law, Ernest Petty (Elsie), of Pasco. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, May 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mueller's Greenlee Funeral Home, 1608 W. Court Street, Pasco, Washington. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m., at City View Cemetery in Pasco. The memorial service will follow at 12 p.m. at Country Christian Center, 5500 W. Sagemoor Road, Pasco, Washington.
The family wishes to express thanks to all those who made our mother's last few months comfortable by providing loving care: Hospice at the Chaplaincy (her support team), the Redfield's and staff at Desert Haven, Gwen Gangon, who gave our mother special, tender care for the last two weeks of her life, her family and neighbors in the Block 16 community, and members of Country Christian Center. Thank you, Dr. Stanley Hales, for your care of Mom for many years!
Memorial donations in memory of Phyllis Albin may be made to Country Christian Center, 5500 W. Sagemoor Road, Pasco, WA 99301 or the Tri-Cities Union Gospel Mission, 112 2nd Street, Pasco, WA 99301.
Lowell E Albin (1916 - 1993)
City View Cemetery
Created by: Della Meize
Record added: Jun 01, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 111600100