Phyllis Isobel Townsend passed away on June 13th during the night,
at the age of 93.
Born in Dauphin, Manitoba, she was the second youngest of ten
children. Upon completion of her secondary education, she taught
school for a year and then went to Winnipeg General Hospital for
her basic nursing education.
She came to the United States to pursue her career, married,
and had a family. For many years she served on the Michigan Board
of Nursing as educator, consultant, and surveyor of licensure
requirements for Michigan's nursing programs. She retired to Beaver
Island in 1969, and soon became involved in many community activities,
which included the Historical Society, writing the first Zoning
Ordinance, building the Library, and serving on the Preservation
Association, and was an active member of the St. James Episcopal
Church. One of her favorite activities was playing bridge, anytime,
anywhere. She was known for her love of literature (late in life
she set out to reread the classics) and encouragement of others
to further their education.
She is survived by three children, ten grandchildren, and eight
She will be remembered with love by many. Contributions in her
memory may be made to the local Hospice and the Beaver Island
Rural Health Center.
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