In memory of
Phyllis Marguerite Golowka
Phyllis Golowka In Cambria, California, on March 13, 2017, Phyllis Golowka, 93, passed peacefully away into the arms of her husband, Joe, who predeceased her by 5 weeks. Phyllis Marguerite Helps was born on May 13, 1923, the middle child of Daniel Pearey and Florence Emily (Woodman) Helps in Long Beach, California. She graduated from Long Beach's Wilson High in 1941. She completed the dietetics program at Long Beach City College in about 1943. During World War II, Phyllis worked for McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in personnel. At the same time, she and her sister, Jeanne, were members of the Junior Philadelphians, a social club created to help entertain military members that were in the area. Phyllis met her future husband at one of the events of this club. They married on May 5, 1946, celebrating 70 years of marriage in 2016. Phyllis's life was her family and her church. Joe became a professional photographer in La Jolla, California, with Phyllis as the bookkeeper for his studio. Eventually they moved to Granada Hills where they were founding members of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Granada Hills. Phyllis chaired many committees at the church and headed the Girls Friendly Society there. When her children were a bit older,she joined the Episcopal Camping Commission, staying a member for thirty years and was the registrar for Camp Stevens in Julian, California. After retiring as camp registrar, Phyllis became a bookkeeper for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. She and Joe moved to Cambria in 1994 where they became active members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Again she chaired many committees including the creation of The Mitford Tea that was celebrated for years around Mother's Day. Phyllis is survived by her brother, John (Connie) Helps; and by her children: Emily (Ken) Easum, Dan (Carolyn) Golowka, and Jody (Chris) Parrish. Also surviving her are five grandchildren: Dr. Taylor (Narumon) Easum, Tracy Easum; Dr. Joseph Golowka, Michael Golowka and Katherine Parrish; and five great-grandchildren: Nara and Aran Easum, Vincent Diaz, Paul Provencher and Jasmine Lujan. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Jeanne, and great-grand- daughter Savannah Lujan. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am, on March 19, 2017, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2700 Eton Road, Cambria, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp Stevens in Julian, California. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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