Phyllis P. Sturdevant, 91, of New Albany, PA passed away early Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda.
Born Jan. 8, 1922 in Blossburg, PA, she was the daughter of Lewis and Martha Strange Palmer. She was a graduate of New Albany High School and Mansfield State Teachers College in May 1943 and continued her studies in education at Elmira College.
Phyllis began her teaching career in Mill City, PA where she taught for one year. She then taught English and French, as well as being the faculty advisor for school plays in the New Albany High School. She also instructed students in the Latin language on her own time. After the consolidation of the New Albany Schools with the Wyalusing School District, Phyllis again taught English, French and Latin before serving as Home and School Visitor for several years until the position was eliminated. She retired in May 1985 after 40 years of teaching.
She was a long-time member of the New Albany Baptist Church, having served as church organist for over 50 years. She also held the position of treasurer for the New Albany Parish for several years. She was a member of the Hillcrest Cemetery Association in New Albany, the Pennsylvania State Education Association and served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross.
Surviving are her daughter, Carolyn M. Sturdevant of New Albany; son and daughter-inlaw, Steven C. Sturdevant and Nancy Cusumano of Ithaca, NY; granddaughters, Julia P. Allis and Sarah S. Allis of Liverpool, NY, and Elizabeth I. Sturdevant of Towanda; grandson, Jonathan R. Steele of Nicholson and step-grandson, Clayton Allis and wife, Magdalen of New York City.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Sturdevant on June 26, 2006; a daughter, JoAnne Allis on Aug. 25, 2011 and a sister, Marie Y. Coolick.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. at the New Albany Baptist Church with Pastor Terry Van Horn officiating. Interment will be private in the Hillcrest Cemetery, New Albany.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the New Albany Baptist Church, PO Box 19, New Albany, PA 18833 in Phyllis P. Sturdevant’s memory.
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