Phyllis Evelyn Angus Hurlbut, age 80, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Monday, July 19, 2010 during a visit to her hometown of Aberdeen, Scotland. She was with her beloved sister, Margaret Bruce, and her niece, Phyllis Stuart, her namesake.
Born on July 24, 1929 in Aberdeen, Scotland, Phyllis was the youngest of five daughters of the late John and Sarah Angus. As a young adult, she worked at His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen. Eventually, her adventurous spirit led her to New York City where she held positions at The Barbizon Plaza and Coty's Department Store. After her marriage to Charles W. Hurlbut on April 30, 1955 in the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City, the couple relocated to Ithaca, NY to raise a family. In Ithaca, Phyllis raised three children and was employed by Cornell University for more than three decades. An active community member, Phyllis volunteered her time at the Cayuga Medical Center gift shop, the Women's Community Center Service League, the NYS Elk's Lodge Ladies' Auxiliary as Treasurer, and was a member of the Cornell Retirees Association. Earlier in her life, she was co-President (with her husband) of the Glenwood Elementary School PTA.
Phyllis was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and daughter. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, knitting, gardening, dancing, jigsaw puzzles, and making Scottish shortbread at Christmas time.
Predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Charles W. Hurlbut; two sisters, Winifred Smith and Florence Incell, Phyllis is survived by two daughters, Sara L. (David) D'Aprix of Ithaca, NY and Karen A. (Hans-Peter) Biemann of Cambridge, MA; a son, Gary A. (Eliza) Hurlbut of Seattle, WA; six grandchildren: Madeleine, Nicole, Griffin, Carrie, Justin and Brennan; two sisters, Margaret Bruce and Constance Reid of Aberdeen, Scotland and several nieces and nephews.
A private family burial will be held in the morning and a public memorial service will be held on Monday, August 9 at 11:00AM at St. John's Episcopal Church at 210 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Phyllis' memory to The Sciencenter at 601 First Street in Ithaca, NY, 607-272-0060,