Phyllis Sherman

Phyllis Barbara Sherman

Tuesday, September 27th, 1932 - Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Phyllis Barbara Sherman, age 87, passed away on Jan. 7, 2020, with her husband of 64 years at her side. She was surrounded by family for her entire life, as well as during her brief hospitalization after suffering a stroke.

Phyllis was born in 1932 in Coupeville, Wash., to Danish immigrants Peter and Barbara Sloth. She joined three sisters Viola, Agnes and Opal. Phyllis graduated from Coupeville High School in 1950 and attended the University of Puget Sound. She worked as an office assistant for Dr. Chafee in Coupeville, carefully saving her money for furniture. She married Alvin Sherman on March 11, 1955 at the Coupeville Methodist Church. They made their first home next to Sunnyside Cemetery in the house that is now the Trust Board for Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve office. Soon they moved to their Ebey’s Prairie home on the family farm. She immediately began putting her talents to work making this the beautiful family home where she would spend her life welcoming and caring for friends and family from near and far. Phyllis and Al had four daughters, Krista, Karen, Karla and Alice. She was a lifelong caregiver and companion, helping on the family farm, keeping a beautiful home and garden as well as spending many hours at church singing, serving and sewing. She was a living example of “loving one another.” Phyllis and her sisters all married local farmers and stayed in the community. In the 1950s she and her sisters purchased a small beachfront property on Kennedy’s lagoon. Every summer, they spent Sunday afternoons there after attending church, swimming and enjoying wonderful homemade food that they mostly grew themselves. Family members still enjoy special times at the lagoon.

In their retirement years, Phyllis and Al enjoyed traveling with their children and visiting grandchildren. Through the years Phyllis kept in close contact with her Danish cousins. She felt fortunate to travel to Denmark with her mother and later with her niece, Val Arnold, and her immediate family, keeping the Danish family ties alive. She and Al hosted numerous Danish cousins over the years, as well as foreign exchange students who worked on the farm. On their trips Phyllis was never far from her phone. She was a good listener and a compassionate friend; always looking after people, “loving one another” in every way. Phyllis was a special Mormor (Danish for mother’s mother). She and “Bapa” enjoyed spending time with their nine grandchildren, all of whom grew up in Western Washington, and two great-grandchildren. They attended numerous events, hosted sleepovers, played games and made incredible birthday cakes. Holidays at Mormor and Bapa’s house were warm and special. We will hold her warmth and generosity close in our hearts as we remember her always. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13.

She is survived by her faithful husband, Alvin Sherman, of Coupeville; daughters Krista Seely (John), of Bainbridge Island; Karen Bishop (Wilbur), Coupeville; Karla Vier (Tom Addison), Coupeville; and Alice Hansen (Brandon), Mount Vernon. Grandchildren Clark Bishop (Danielle), Coupeville; Alicen Bishop Liebers (Sean), Anchorage; Barbara Seely Moser (Joe), Indianapolis; Michael Vier, Boise; Sam Vier, Denver; Eric Seely, Olympia; Brandon Andrew Hansen, Dane Hansen and Anna Hansen, Mount Vernon; Great-grandchildren Gwen Moser and Luke Moser of Indianapolis. She is also survived by numerous relatives both here and in her parents’ home country of Denmark.

A Celebration of Life will be held on February 8, 2020 at 12:00 Noon at the Coupeville United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Coupeville United Methodist Church online at, by phone at (360) 678-4256; or to the Friends of the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve online at, or send a check or money order to: Friends of Ebey's - PO Box 958, Coupeville, WA 98239.
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 12:00pm
    Coupeville United Methodist Church
    608 N Main St
    COUPEVILLE, WA 98239
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    Pastor Jin Ming Ma
  • Reception

    Coupeville United Methodist Church
    608 N Main St
    COUPEVILLE, WA 98239
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    Family and friends are invited to attend the reception immediately after the Celebration of Life.




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carol lutz

Posted at 09:21pm
Phyllis was such a sweet lady. I remember when my husband Garry and I joined the Methodist Church she took us in as if we were part of her family. Now my husband and she are together with the Lord. I will never forget how wonderful she was.

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Posted at 11:18am
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Sara Sherman Purdue

Posted at 07:12pm
It's rare in modern times to have a special " Phyllis" who was friends with our own parents Uncle Wilbur and Aunt Grace Sherman. and who at only 12 years older become a dear friend who was a bridge to our past and our present. A caring, loving, wise, helpful person, she was everything I admired.
Mom took slides in the fifties and sometimes I come across one where Aunt Grace and Uncle Wilbur are entertaining the newly weds in our old farm house. There is nephew Alvin with his bride Phyllis and nephew Roger with his very new bride Darlene Sherman. At my age of 12 they seemed like royalty to me.
Al and Phyllis lived in a little cottage up by the cemetery and at that time Phyllis was my Sunday School teacher. Once she invited we girls of her class up to her cottage for a Taffy Pull and another time we hiked to Parago Lagoon fro swim if you can imagine. She was fun. In later years after the folks had passed I could always ask Phyllis for how made certain recipes and she would know. It was out great pleasure when our son Wilbur and Wife Julieanna and later Henry got to live across the street from Al and Phyllis.
Something I still chuckle about is the story Phyllis told me about how before she was able to get a drivers license, she was entrusted to drive, at the time gravel road lined with wild roses, to Oak Harbor to pick up the feed. I wonder if she had to go out on that old wharf to pick up feed like Dad did? She always wondered what the sheriff thought when he passed her. There life in San de Fuca makes me think of Little House on the Prairie with Mama Barbara, daughters: Viola, Agnes, Opal, and the youngest Opal.
We salute you Phyllis for a life so well shared and lived. You are the best of the best and we will always love you.

Gail Pope

Posted at 01:37pm
With Love from, Gail and Scott, Gary and Jamie and Ted and Kevin
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Stephen and Sally

Posted at 09:31pm
Such a loving Mom to all of us; we will miss you!
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