Phyllis Grace Coogle, 1930 — 2013
Phyllis Grace Coogle of Tehachapi, who died Feb. 25, was born July 21, 1930, in Staten Island, New York. She was the daughter of the late Grace Malloy and Charles Leadbeater.
She is survived by her brother, Charles Leadbeater of Florida; and his children, Ann Mickey and Charles “Chuck” Leadbeater. She is also survived by her children, Francine Bauer and spouse, Michael of Tampa, Fla., Joyce Ebanks of Cayman Islands, John Nekritz of California, and Denise Rose of New Jersey; as well as her grandchildren, Kimberly Fellman, Stephen Bauer and his spouse, Whitney, Eryn Bauer, and Joshua Bauer.
Phyllis had an enthusiasm for life which led her to pursue many careers. During the 1960s, Phyllis lived in South Florida and worked with a number of companies, including WCKT (Channel 7, now WSVN) in the front office, and at Cedars of Lebanon Hospitals, Miami, Fla., as data processing manager.
She moved to Los Angeles in 1973 to take up a position at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. She left the computer field in 1984 in search of more exciting ways to earn a living, and worked at a variety of unique jobs, including that of live-in cook for a well-known movie producer and his family.
In 1991 she relocated to Tehachapi to take a job as an administrator of a few companies that were acquired by a former employer who had relocated from South Florida to Tehachapi.
Phyllis loved jazz, sleek sloops, fast cars and beautiful men. She counted a 1962 Corvette and a 1965 MGB as among her most beloved vehicles. She also loved to travel, which led her from the snow covered mountains of Colorado to the green hills of Ireland. She prized her time in Florida, for it gave her an opportunity to live on a number of vessels and sail the waters of the Caribbean. She was a lifelong member of the 7-21 Club.
She was an accomplished artisan working in several areas, including oil and acrylic painting, doll making, ceramics, and jewelry.
Her later years were marked by the devoted friendship of Marie and Ted Wyman and the care of Trudy and Patrick Calhoun.
Phyllis led a rich and exciting life and had a family of friends along the way, who will miss her greatly. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center in her name.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. For information call 661-832-0153.
For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.