Phyllis Ally

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Phyllis Evelyn Ally, a retired medical office manager and hospital dietitian, died of heart failure Sunday at Saint Agnes Hospital. The Catonsville resident was 74.

Born Phyllis Evelyn in Barbados, West Indies, she was the daughter Malcolm Evelyn and Lorraine Evelyn. As a young woman, she taught home economics. She also sang with her sisters in a religious organization.

She came to the U.S. in 1963 to attend Howard University, where she studied nutrition. While a student, she met her future husband, Dr. Rayman Ally, who was then preparing to become a medical student. He is now a retired obstetrician and gynecologist.

She became a therapeutic dietitian at the old Church Home and Hospital on Broadway in East Baltimore. She also worked at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. She later was an office manager for her husband's medical practice at the Garwyn Medical Center in West Baltimore.

Mrs. Ally enjoyed music, gardening, travel, and solving crossword puzzles. She was a history buff and an avid reader. She was also a Shakespeare devotee.

She became a U.S. citizen nearly 20 years ago at a ceremony in downtown Baltimore.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bethel Baptist Church, 4261 Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. She was a former member of Temple Baptist Church in Woodlawn.

In addition to her husband of 48 years, survivors include two sons, Jim Ally of Oakland, Calif., and David Ally of Baltimore; a daughter, Debbie Ally-Dickerson of Baltimore; three brothers, Victor Evelyn and Grantly Evelyn, both of the United Kingdom, and Lennox Evelyn of Barbados; four sisters; Mary Medford of Raleigh, N.C., and Yvonne Downey, Marlene Evelyn and Fran Evelyn, all of Barbados.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com