Those who leave a legacy upon their passing become a part of the fabric of the community they helped create. Phyllis Ann Ivey was one of those special people.
Phyllis was born July 21st, 1948 in Hermitage Arkansas. After graduating high school in Orange, TX, at 17, she came to Austin to join her older brother Gene. She quickly became a part of the city's underground music and art scene where she built friendships that would last her lifetime. Phyllis played an instrumental role in welcoming people to the Austin community and making them feel a part of it. She spent many of her years living in one of the city's oldest communities, Clarksville, where she raised her two daughters. Then, and throughout life, she bridged gaps between different, merging cultures with an innate sense of compassion for all. At 52, Phyllis earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas and for many years worked as a dedicated caregiver. Her compassion and respect for others was a precious asset during these years and she devoted herself to those within her care.Throughout her life, Phyllis found solace in poetry and song, and filled her home with books and music. Her knowledge of poetry was expansive and she would often jot down meaningful excerpts from memory. She was a talented singer and, at times, her living room would become a den of musicians and improvised music.
A spiritual woman, Phyllis was in tune with nature and loved listening to the sounds of ocean waves and singing birds. She would avidly explore philosophies and religions to elevate her consciousness and connect with her emotions. Phyllis found much joy in being a devoted grandmother to her grandchildren and they adored her. Nana, as she was lovingly called, was very proud of them and she cherished their time together working on art or exploring nature. They are beneficiaries of her love and understanding. Her spirit will forever live in their hearts. Phyllis is survived by her daughters Chelsea Taylor and Carrie Young, her step-daughter Nicole Taylor, her grandchildren Mira Moss, Taylor Peterkin, and Lucas Butler; her niece Elizabeth Ivey Restaino and countless dear friends who mourn her loss.
A memorial in her honor will be held July 29th at The Mercury Hall in Austin Texas from 11am to 3pm.
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Published on July 19, 2018
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