Phyllis McGregor-Austin Funeral & Cremation Services

Phyllis McGregor

Born: December 24, 1932
Died: February 18, 2019
Current City: Brentwood, Tennessee

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Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: 615.377.0775

Honoring Phyllis McGregor

Phyllis Walker McGregor, 86, passed away on February 18, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, D. Ray and Inez Walker; daughter, Julie Bush and husband, James A. McGregor. She is survived by her sister, Lois Crosby (Harry); daughters, Gayle Demetros (Harry), Caroline Miller (Danny) and Burki Gladstone (Tom); grandchildren, Christin Cochran, Max Gladstone (Stephanie), Currey Williams (Chris), Meg Miller (Jeremy Jones), Hallie Barrett (Neil), Lucy Miller (Simon Hurst-Dodd), Cari Huckins (Kyle), and great-grandchildren, Caroline Cochran, Margaret Cochran, Evie Cochran, Ellis Williams, Bosman Jones, Jack Barrett, Charlie Barrett, Ivy Huckins.

Phyllis grew up in Charleston, West Virginia. She was crowned Miss West Virginia in 1951 and modeled with the John Robert Powers Modeling Agency in New York for several years working in fashion, film and live television. She appeared on the covers of magazines including Ladies Home Companion and Photography and among her television appearances were the Arthur Godfrey show, Ernie Kovac’s late-night talk show and NBC’s first color broadcast.

Phyllis married and raised four daughters. After they were grown, she returned to college, earning her undergraduate degree in 1982 and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, and became a counselor specializing in dual-diagnosis and substance abuse. In 1988, Phyllis married Jim McGregor. They founded Willeo Publishing, which published, marketed and distributed Jim’s recovery books. After retiring, Phyllis began writing prose and poetry and watercolor painting; many of her subjects were her cherished children and grandchildren. She was a member of Unity Church of Nashville and participated in several senior citizen’s writing groups in Brentwood. Phyllis lived her last years in memory care at Brighton Gardens. Her family is extremely grateful for the love and special care she received from all of the caregivers, nurses and staff at Brighton.

Phyllis lived a long and full life. She loved to travel, visiting family and friends, and lived in cities from New York City to Fort Lauderdale. She enjoyed photography, playing tennis and bridge, doing yoga, volunteering, interior design and entertaining in her home, which was a showplace. She was welcoming and warm to friends and strangers. Most notably to her family, Phyllis was a loving mother to her four daughters, a caring “Nana” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and a gracious, kind and beautiful woman.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on March 25, 2019 at the Unity of Nashville Church with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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