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Dorothy P. 'Phyllis' 'Phyl' Myers

Dorothy Phyllis "Phyl" Mathews Myers, 87, of Orlando, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at home after a months-long battle with pancreatic cancer, which claimed her husband 18 years before.

Born Sept. 20, 1925, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of Richard H. "Dick" and M. Naoma Bradour Mathews. She was the wife of Joseph W. Myers Sr., who she married Nov. 6, 1948, in Cumberland, and who died Aug. 26, 1994.

She and her husband lived in Westminster and later in Orlando, Fla., until his death.

She graduated from Frostburg State Teachers College in 1945, and accepted a teaching position in Westminster. In 1959, she and her family moved to Orlando, to be closer to her parents who moved there for health issues. She taught elementary school there until her retirement in 1993. She earned her Masters of Arts degree from Rollins College in Winter Park in 1967, and later joined the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority and was active in her local chapter.

Following her retirement, she continued teaching as volunteer docent at both the Orlando Science Center and at the Orange County (Fla.) History Center. She recently received the History Center's "Emeritus Award" for serving more than 1,700 hours of service over the past 11 years. Besides teaching, she had a passion for music, specifically organ music, and served as an organist for Faith Lutheran Church from 1959 through 1997. During her music career, she played approximately 150 weddings.

She later was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Winter Park. She also enjoyed walking, genealogical researching and scrapbooking the lives of her and her family, and was a prolific needle pointer and quilter. She enjoyed traveling the United States and abroad to experience how others lived their lives and later to share those experiences with friends and family.

Surviving are a sister, N. Joanne Mathews Davis, of Fredericksburg, Va.; sons Joseph W. Myers Jr., of Hope Mills, N.C., and Thomas R. Myers, of Merritt Island, Fla.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Ann Rebecca Myers, who died in 1964 at age 9; and a sister, Donna P. Mathews Alexandre.

Per her wishes there will be no viewing. She will be interred, at a later date, at Arlington National Cemetery, with her husband.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church in Winter Park, with the Rev. Troy D. Ehlke officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to to the American Cancer Society at; or to your favorite anti-cancer research organization.

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