Phyllis Jeanne Flett

1924 - 2017

Phyllis Jeanne Flett, 93 years old and life-long resident of Santa Barbara, passed away peacefully on the evening of Sunday September 17th, 2017 surrounded by the loving hands of her children, grand-children, and great- grandchildren in her residence of 68 years.

Phyllis was born in Santa Barbara on June 3, 1924 to Theda and Fred Lavery. She attended Garfield and Harding Elementary, La Cumbre Junior High School and graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1942. She attended Santa Barbara State College for Home Economics and met her husband Robert Flett in 1942 on a blind date while he was stationed in the Marine Corps. They married in 1945 and made a life together in Santa Barbara. Phyllis worked most of her years at Goleta Valley Junior High School as an attendance clerk. She was active in Girl Scouts and was an avid artist and craftswoman with a love for nature and the outdoors. Most importantly, she spread kindness and love to everyone she encountered up until her last day in this life. She welcomed friends and family alike into her home always and bragged, even in the chaos, her heart was as full as it could be. If you knew her, she was grateful to be connected to you and the unique relationship she had with you has an eternal space in her heart.

She is survived by her two children, Judy Leeper and Bob Flett and her grand-children Chantelle Sloan, Obie, Mike and Matt Flett and Christina Leeper. She is also survived by her many great-grand children Riley and Cameron Leeper, Nick Thayer and Emily Lorenger, Austin, Anna, and Alek Sloan, Matthew and Cady Flett, Donovan Flett, and Lily Flett.

A private graveside service will be held at the Santa Barbara cemetery. Additionally, the family will hold a celebration of life, or “a party” at Phyllis’ request, with the date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara as they made it possible for Phyllis to be cared for in her home. The address is: 512 East Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 or to donate from their website. Please visit to leave an online memory or condolence. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

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