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Phyllis Sorensen

October 20, 2012
The Daily News

NAPLES, Fla. - Phyllis Dawn (Dickson) Jacobs Sorensen, 90, passed away in Seattle on Oct. 6, 2012.

Phyllis was born on Oct. 25, 1921, in Iron Mountain, the daughter of William and Jenny (Larsen) Dickson. Phyllis was a graduate of Niagara High School and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

She was united in marriage to Alfred G. Jacobs, DDS on Christmas Eve 1942 in Ann Arbor at the First Presbyterian Church. Together they raised three children in Madison, Wis., where her husband worked in his dental practice.

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Phyllis loved gourmet cooking, gardening and entertaining well. She was civically active in several committees and board positions in Madison some of which included past president of the Madison Symphony Orchestra Women's League and, as a member of the Civic Music Board, she served as the Pops Concert chairman. Phyllis also involved herself socially as past chairman of the social committee for the Madison Club and past president for the Shorewood Hills Garden Club.

Her volunteer work included being on the board of the Madison YWCA and delivering "Meals on Wheels" in the area. Phyllis was co-chairman and integral in creating the first PTA for the new Midvale School in Madison.

She was also on the steering committee to help create the first statewide ecumenical organization of "Church Women United." She was a member of the Chapter V, PEO Sisterhood, which she continued being involved with while living in Naples, Fla.

Phyllis was a parishioner of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, and the First Presbyterian Church in Naples.

However, her first passion and priority always remained her children. Phyllis adored babies and celebrated the birth of all six of her grandchildren and her two great-grandchildren to whom she was known as "Grams."

In 1991, Phyllis married Milton E. Sorensen of Madison, in Fort Myers, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton; her only sister and brother-in-law, Joyce (Dickson) and Jack Holtz; her beloved daughter, Pamela Lee (Keegan) and her son-in-law, Kent M. Keegan.

Phyllis is survived by her two children, R. Scott (Vicky) Jacobs of Golden, Colo. and Allison Joy (Scott) LeGendre of Seattle; her six grandchildren, Liam J. (Tanya) Keegan, Mackenzie S. Keegan, Pamela Joy (Shams) Hruska, Marta Lynn and Gail Claudia Schwendeman, and Paul Morgan Jacob LeGendre; her two great-grandchildren, Oliver Scott and Annabelle Pamela Keegan; and one niece, Holly (Ed) Holtz-Waszak of Lehigh Acres, Fla.

Phyllis lived her life with style, grace and decorum and she was an inspiration to all who met her. She will be missed immensely by all who loved her.

As an English major, she had a command of the English language, and so we leave you with this "Thanatopsis" by Wm. Cullen Bryant (1817); "Thanatopsis; sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust. Approach thy grave like one who wraps the draperies of his couch about him-and lies down to pleasant dreams."



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