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Phyllis Pauline Benoit Owens, BHS 1974

Phyllis Pauline Benoit Owens, BHS 1974

August 14, 1956 - August 30, 2004

Mrs. Phyllis Pauline (Benoit) Owens, 48, of Burbank, California, died August 30, 2004 at 12:56 p.m., in the Oklahoma University Medical Center, Oklahoma after a long illness. Phyllis was born August 14, 1956 at St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood, California. She is the youngest child of the late Joseph-Eugene Ernest Benoit (Rhode Island) and Marie-Marguerite Delia Duhamel Benoit (Burbank, California).

Phyllis is the widow of Jack Vestil and is survived by her husband, Eugene Owens of Oklahoma City. During her academic years, she attended Glenwood Elementary School (Sun Valley, California), John Muir Jr. High School and Burbank High School (Burbank, California).

Among her favorite activities is the sport of fishing. In her youth she worked as a waitress before her employment with Orowheat Bakery (Burbank, California). Phyllis retired early as a Store Manager to care for her ailing husband and best friend, Jack Vestil. After his death, she relocated to Oklahoma and lived with her sister, Roberta Stoops, until her marriage to Eugene Owens. Phyllis had a gentle nature, a kind heart, trusting of everyone and was loved by her family.

She is survived by her mother, Marie-Marguerite Benoit; brother, George P. Viens; sisters, Stella J. Giese, Roberta E. Stoops and Claudette D. Rockwell; and many nieces and nephews. Graveside Services will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery - Hollywood Hills, Friday, October 22, 2004, 11:00 a.m. Her cremated remains will be interred near her beloved Pepere, Philippe Andre Duhamel, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on October 3, 2004

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