Phyllis Reese

Phyllis Jeane Reese (Armel)

Wednesday, December 21st, 1932 - Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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Phyllis Jeane (Armel) Reese passed away peacefully May 22, 2020 due to Parkinson’s Disease and an extenuating long-term illness. She was born December 21, 1932 in Winchester, VA to Opal Pauline (Smith) and Charles Robert Armel. She was a graduate of John Handley High School, class of 1951.

Her life and Christian faith were a living example of her love of Jesus Christ, her Savior.

Phyllis loved people. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother first and foremost. She was immensely proud of her children, Stephen and spouse, Mary Ann (Hart), Daniel and spouse Linda (Ryman), and Lisa and spouse Roger Wollaston. The love of her 11 grandchildren knew no bounds. She never missed a recital, a graduation, a choral performance or a sporting event. She was the ultimate Grandmother with her presence and presents. She was blessed with 8 (soon to be 9) great-grandchildren.

To say Phyllis was accomplished is an understatement. She had the voice of an angel and sang in choirs and choral groups in high school and church as a youth and throughout her life in Hagerstown, MD. She was always the soloist and often sang duets with her husband, David, and other members of the choir. It was a sad effect of Parkinson’s Disease that took her beautiful voice.

Phyllis was an extraordinary seamstress throughout her life. Not simply sewing, but her exemplary work knitting, crocheting and quilting has left her family with countless examples of her excellent work and loving memories. All of her grandchildren have worn sweaters and Christmas pajamas made lovingly by Grandma/Mee Maw that they will pass on to their own children.

Phyllis was a cancer survivor. She heroically fought and survived Melanoma and was thankfully in the 5th percentile that survived in the 1970s. She went on to champion cancer survivors as well as her long continuing work with the March of Dimes.

With gardens came peace and, in every home, that Phyllis resided, she cultivated her gardens. When visiting her children, she often commented on and admired their flower and vegetable gardens, giving much needed advice. It is a part of their Mother that her children look on their own gardens and say Thank You.

After raising her children, Phyllis worked for Standard Register and Caldwell Banker Realtors, Inc. as an Office Manager. She was a long time May Kay representative, which provided much peace and friendship for many years.

Please join us celebrating her life Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Jones Funeral Home, 228 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester, VA at 12:00 for a visitation; and 1:30pm for a grave side service at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00am
    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00am
    Jones Funeral Home - Winchester
    228 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
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  • Graveside

    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 1:30pm
    Mount Hebron Cemetery
    305 East Boscawen Street
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
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  • Interment

    Mount Hebron Cemetery
    305 East Boscawen Street
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 10:51am
So sorry to read about your mother. I have good memories of your Mom. She was a lovely person. I always enjoyed conversations with her. Talented and caring for sure. Prayers for the family. 🙏🏻 Angie Robucci Minnich

Clarence Horst

Posted at 10:21pm
We are saddened for your loss. We pray that the Peace and Shalom of Christ will wrap His Loving Arms around each one, and that through this time of transition, He will speak comfort and hope into your heart and soul. Love and blessings Clarence and Kathy Horst. Coldwell Banker Innovations, Hagerstown MD

Lisa Reese Wollaston Posted at 09:40am

Thank you

Phyllis Keliher

Posted at 08:49am
Phyllis was a friend of mine for many years mostly through Mary Kay but as a Christian friend also. She always had a sense of humor and a love of flowers. Her Christmas tree each year was beautiful and she took much pride in it. I missed her when she moved from Hagerstown. Rest in peace Phyllis.

Lisa Reese Wollaston Posted at 05:33pm

Thank you Phyllis for your kind words. Mom will be greatly missed.

Kim Jennings - KingKing

Posted at 03:16pm
So sorry for the loss of "Ms. Reese" as we called her. My son Bradly and myself lived above her at Hunterhill Apartments and she would always have freeze pops for Bradly. My mom and myself also went to her Mary Kay open houses and "picked a candy cane" for our discount....She was a very lovely lady and you can be very proud. God Bless you and your family.

Lisa Reese Wollaston Posted at 05:34pm

What a wonderful memory to share. Thank you so much Kim.

Christi Shedd

Posted at 08:23pm
Sending love through this difficult time. Chris, Helen, Deb and Mike
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Lisa Reese Wollaston Posted at 05:36pm

That you all so much, it means a lot to us. Mom would love that you did that in her memory.

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