Phyllis Joan Clancy
1941 - 2019
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1941 ˜ 2019

Phyllis Joan Clancy, 78, of Camas, WA, passed away on Sunday, October 13, from a rapidly progressing neurological condition. She passed peacefully at Ray Hickey Hospice House, with her loving daughters by her side. Phyllis was born in St. Paul, MN, the first of four children born to Mary and Lester Belisle.
She attended St. Mary School of Nursing in Rochester, MN, where she met her future life partner, John E. Clancy. She completed her RN training at OHSU in Portland, OR, then returned to the Midwest and married John in November, 1964. They had two daughters, Joan (Jo) Clancy and Kathleen Clancy. Phyllis continued her Nursing education, getting her BS in Nursing at George Mason University in 1976, and her Master of Science in Nursing as a School Health Nurse Specialist at the University of San Diego in 1984. She retired as a School Nurse for the Battle Ground School District in 1999.
Phyllis lived a life filled with purpose and adventure. John’s career in the USMC took their family all over the United States, which encouraged her love of travel. She was passionate about education, community service, philanthropy, and social justice, focusing on civil and equal rights, mental health, and healthcare access for all. She was a person of faith and served as a lead usher at her church. She adored her family, above all else, and was an incredible Nana to her beloved grandchildren. She loved traveling the world with John, exploring new countries and cities, and especially meeting new people. She was an enthusiastic and articulate conversationalist and was known to give her contact information to complete strangers, inviting them to stay with her if they ever came to town. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of 55 years, John; her children, Jo and Kathleen; her son-in-law, Steven; grandchildren, Josette, Nate, Luke and Isaac; her sisters, Mary and Colleen; her sister-in-law, Judy; and numerous nieces and nephews; all of whom she loved very much.
A Celebration of Life will be held for her on November 24, 1-3pm, at Warehouse 1923, Vancouver, WA.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of the following organizations in her honor; Habitat for Humanity, The Bloom Project and The Giving Closet. “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.”
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 20, 2019.
Celebration of Life
01:00 - 03:00 PM
Warehouse 1923
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November 2, 2019
I had the pleasure of meeting Phyllis after she and John moved to Camas. She was kind, thoughtful and loving. She will be sadly missed by all. Sending our love to John and the family.
Joanne Harris
October 28, 2019
We are deeply saddened by the news of Phyllis' passing. She was a lovely and warm person we came to not only admired but also held with deep affection. She and her husband once lived on our road and then we became more acquainted at St. Thomas Church and eventually Holy Redeemer. Phyllis always made sure to give us a hug and loved to tease my husband Bill. I know she will be missed by so many, especially her loved ones. Sincere condolences to her family and all who held her close in heart.
Wallace Shirley & Bill
October 27, 2019
Phyllis was beloved by so many people because she made it known that she valued them in return. She will be missed by many in the multiple ways and locations in which she shared her gifts and talents. We hope the loving memories created with this wonderful woman will help sustain her family through this trying time. We love you.
Devon McColley-Hopkins
October 26, 2019
Phyllis will be greatly missed as my neighbor and adopted mother figure. I have been blessed to have known Phyllis, she has left me with insight to life I might not have realized or recognized without her influence.
Michael Brown
October 24, 2019
Phyllis was a dear co-worker and wonderful friend. I'm so glad we kept in touch after she retired. Such a caring nurse; she will be missed terribly.
Julia and Scotty Scott
October 22, 2019
Phyllis Thanks for putting Chad up front and center greeting everyone coming into Church. I believe God will put you up front and center as we see you again in Heaven. Peace.
Roger Poissant
October 21, 2019
Phyllis was such a dear friend even though we only knew each other at church. The parishioners and staff at Holy Redeemer Catholic church will miss her greatly. She was always so helpful and welcoming to everyone. Sending my deepest sympathy to John and all her family.
Jean Amos
October 21, 2019
Lifting up my heart for Jo and family.
I feel so lucky to have met her through water aerobics.
October 21, 2019
Phyllis was a mentor, sidekick, and dear friend. She helped me get through a tough job at PVMS; I hope I helped her, too. I will miss our lunches and trips, her laughter, and how she was willing to help out whomever, wherever she could. I will miss you, Phyllis.
Dawna Warren
October 20, 2019
Remembering a very dear friend who will be sadly missed.
Barbara Connolly
October 20, 2019
We were blessed to have Phyllis as a good friend and neighbor for 23 years in Washougal.
I will miss her wit. My thoughts are with the family, especially you John.
Oliver Connolly
October 20, 2019
We all loved Phyllis at the athletic club and will and have missed her every day she has been gone.
Mary Rew
October 20, 2019
Phyllis was a wonderful member of our school team and a delightful person to know. I liked her very much and am so sorry she is gone. Deeply felt condolences to you all.
Diana Stack Roberts
October 20, 2019
Phyllis was such a delightful, kind and caring person. She had such a warm heart for all the staff, and children at PVP. After she retired I prayed several times for her to come back, she was so missed. She was such a wonderful lady to work with. Her family meant the world to her and always will. Sending prayers to you all.
Heidi Black
October 20, 2019
I was a principal where Phylis was a nurse! She was beloved by all of us, staff, children and parents!
She just had a heart for children and their care!
Phylis spoke with such love of her family and of course her travels!/adventures! Peace to her family that she had such a great love for!
Verdella Wharwham
October 20, 2019
My memories of Phyllis are that she always had a sparkle in her eyes and a big smile when seeing her at school. She shared her years of medical knowledge about a child's needs when appropriate and obviously raised wonderful children! My condolences to all of the family. <3
Katherine Nitsch
October 20, 2019
Your mom had such spirit and light. I'm so honored I was able to know her. Sending you all the love
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