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Obituary: Phyllis Ann Green, cherished wife, mother, co-worker and friend, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at the age of 61. A resident of Crestview, Fla., Phyllis was born in Middletown, N.Y., and grew up on a horse ranch in South Dakota. She served as the Middle School Vice Principal at Liza Jackson Preparatory School. Phyllis earned her master's degree at Florida State University, was teacher-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, and was a member of the North American International Baccalaureate assessment team on middle school credential-ing.
More than this, Phyllis was a teacher, and like all teachers loved her kids and her work. She began in 1980 at Plew Elementary, where she would eventually teach second, third, fourth and sixth grades before moving to Ruckel Middle School in 1988, where she taught eighth grade science. After that, she began her dream job at Liza Jackson Preparatory School.
Phyllis is survived by her husband Terry Green, daughters Laura and Jenna Stewart, son Chad Stewart, daughter Tiffany Green-Hytrek, son-in-law Tim Hytrek, and grandsons Blaise and Grant Hytrek. She is also survived by her cherished Australian Shepherds Holly, Jake and Kota.
A memorial service will be held on Jan. 2, 2013, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The service will begin at 1 p.m., with visitation beginning at noon. The address of Emerald Coast Funeral home is 113 Racetrack Rd NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.
Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on December 30, 2012
12/28/2012 12:40:20 am
I am going to miss you, Phyllis. You helped me grow as an educator and I learned so much from you. Rest in peace. You will be missed. We love you!
12/28/2012 01:00:56 am
Her love for animals....that is what I loved the most about her. I am going to miss her so much.
12/30/2012 01:11:23 pm
I have known you since I began this school in pre-k. You really made this school a wonderful school.:) Your death I know has affected everyone at Liza. You made us all (students) to be proud to say that we go to Liza. You are greatly honored. Your effort to this school is appreciated. You will be greatly missed<3 with tears and love
4/11/2013 11:49:47 am
12/28/2012 12:47:23 am
You were always a shining light at school. You believed in everyone and were such a great encourager to students and staff. LJPS will never be the same. You will be forever in our hearts. <3
12/28/2012 12:47:35 am
We are so sad to hear about Mrs. Green's sudden passing. She was an exceptional administrator and always a pleasure to talk to.
Brenda J. Wheeler
12/28/2012 01:09:37 am
Phyllis, what can I say? We dreamed of Apple Valley together and got Liza. The school we conjured up in Ed. Leadership classes. We bounced so many theories and ideas off each other. What will I do now? I never thought you would have left me here. Rest in peace, my friend, until we meet again. Find Kim Alford and start putting our new school together. (LOL) I love you.
12/28/2012 02:41:14 am
She was there to help both my children in their middle school years Trevor remembers the talks their shared and the advice she gave she impacted so many students lives and wanted to know how they are doing in life as an adult she will never be forgotten
12/28/2012 02:52:21 am
Well what can I say? You have made school a better place for me and other students. You took an intrest in me at a young age and never stoped, you always said that i could and would do great things and I have. You solved so many problems for me as a little 2 grader to now. I know that many of the students were afrade of you, i wasnt but that doesnt mean that i didnt have a very healthy respect for you eather. All im trying to say is that I love you so much, and the school will NEVER be the same without you there. My family will miss you and we all hope you rest in peace. <3
12/28/2012 02:59:42 am
Liza has lost an exceptional person. We appreciate everything you have done to make middle school such an easy transition. We will always be greatful for your support of the dance team. Prayers going out to your family and The Liza Family.
12/28/2012 03:19:51 am
Phyllis will be greatly missed. She was an integral part of Liza and worked so hard for everyone. Phyllis was the utmost problem solver and was always willing to consider others' ideas and opinions. She added humor to stressful situations and always had time for students or teachers.
Amber and Lexi Crouch
12/28/2012 04:28:06 am
Liza and the community has lost one of its best. She was always so energetic and helped drive our children to achieve more and be better. Lexi says she will miss Mrs. Green popping into her classroom for a quick dance session. I will miss her smile in the car line in the mornings. Praying for her family, her students and her coworkers. We are better for knowing her.
12/28/2012 05:05:10 am
Dear Ms. Green,
12/28/2012 06:18:22 am
Words cannot desricbe how much I am gonna miss you),,: You were someone l could talk to and trust. Thank you for supporting the Lionettes Dance Team. You were our #1 fan(: Your in a better place now. I love you<3
12/28/2012 07:37:12 am
Thank you all so very much for the love and support. Phyllis loved liza and you all very much.
12/28/2012 08:56:41 am
Ms Green you will be missed. What is LJPS going to do without you? You believed in our girls when it felt like nobody else did. You where always our support when we needed someone the most with Alexis. I know your with the angels and your preparing us a school for when we get there. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotton.
12/28/2012 11:45:55 am
You will be missed greatly Ms.Green. You are an inspiration to me and many others. I have always looked up to you. You have a special place in my heart. When I found out about this I couldn't believe it. Liza will have a hard time when we get back to school. It's going to be different not hearing your foot steps go down the hallway. I will miss you forever and always. I love you!
12/28/2012 12:21:30 pm
Thank-you Ms. Green, for all you have done for my family, my friends, my classmates, and I. I will miss you and I know you will be greatly missed. God bless your family in their time of need. You will be loved and important wherever you are,on Earth and in Heaven where you are now. Rest in Peace.
12/28/2012 01:05:44 pm
I walk out to my patio and I see all the plants Phyllis has brought me and know in the spring when they bloom she will be smiling down on us. She loved her plants and taught me so much about them. There wasn't a day at Liza that I didn't cross the hall or yell across to ask her a question. She was always so patient with me and took the time to explain how to do so many parts of my job. Her easy smile and caring ways will be missed so much. I am so proud to have called her my friend. She will never be forgotten.
The Lewis Family
12/28/2012 02:24:03 pm
The Evans/Byrd Families
12/28/2012 03:21:34 pm
We would like to send out deepest sympathy to all of Ms. Green's family and friends. I had the opportunity to met with her several times. Whenever I came to her, she always seemed to take the time to listen and take care of whatever I needed. I am sure that her presence will be missed. Bless you all.
12/28/2012 03:26:33 pm
12/28/2012 04:09:30 pm
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs.Green and her family you will always be rembered and the school will neverbe the same...
12/29/2012 02:54:47 am
So sorry to hear of Phyllis's passing. She and Julie were the only other educators that wore "unauthorized" socks with our uniforms and silly stuff on our heads in the car line. She will be missed. My sympathies to the school and her family.
12/29/2012 03:21:21 am
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to work with you. You were a role model to teachers and students. I will always remember you wearing the space jumpsuit on literacy day from when you went to space camp and the corn plant bulb you gave me grows more every year. I'll make sure it stays healthy in your honor.
The Murray Family
12/29/2012 03:46:03 am
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs. Green and her family. The car line in the morning will seem so empty. We know you will still be smiling down on all of us.
The Engelberger Family
12/29/2012 04:14:44 am
Our hearts go out to the Green Family during this dificult time. Mrs. Green's kindness, encouraging words, and leadership will be missed by staff, students and parents alike.
The Eubank Family
12/29/2012 07:33:38 am
Such a wonderful lady and such a great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and especially to Terry and the Family.
12/29/2012 12:41:44 pm
Words cant describe how much everybody will miss you. You were always there for me. You were there for my family when my dad passed away you came to every event for him. You were the nicest person ever and you warmed anyone's heart that saw you even if they were in trouble you still cared you kept then in line you will forever be missed.
12/29/2012 01:19:03 pm
Ms. Green without your kind heart & consistent support I do not think Zachary would've made it thru middle school and have been so prepared for high school. You will truly be missed by the LJPS students & families.
12/30/2012 08:07:32 am
I can't even describe how much we will miss you. You have always been there for me and everytime I talk to youmade me feel more confident in with I did. You are the best assistant principle I have ever had. Liza will NEVER be the same without you. You WILL be deeply missed. <3
12/30/2012 01:31:27 pm
I have known you since I started this school in pre-k. You watched me grow. You the pride in this school. You made all of us students proud to say we went to Liza. I always looked up to you. You are honored. You effort and dedication is appreciated then now and always. We will all miss you greatly. With love and tears... -Kassandra J.
parker joy,and parents
12/30/2012 01:44:59 pm
our hearts go out to the green family in thier time of lose.mrs green took such a personal interest in parkers education and she touched us all so deeply.even though we have only known her a short period of time we feel she is unreplacable.just know she was so loved!!
12/31/2012 03:51:28 am
Ms Green kept us safe in the parking lot and had a wonderful smile to greet us each morning as we entered the school. We will miss her.
12/31/2012 05:18:07 am
We remember Ms Green very well she was a wonderful educator she helped my daughter chase stone pass the 8th grade she took time out anytime we needed go talk to her this is a great loss to Liza and she will be greatly missed
12/31/2012 07:50:46 am
Ms.green will be deeply missed I have known you since I was in pre-k
12/31/2012 09:18:38 am
Words Cannot Even Describe How Much You Will Be Missed ... You Were Our Schools Backbone And Without A Backbone A Body Doesnt Function Right. R.I.P To Liza Jacksons Middle School Vice Principle, Mrs. Green <3
12/31/2012 02:41:40 pm
Phyllis will be missed greatly. She adored and loved us and we all loved her. She was a wonderful and caring person. I remember all the times she brought in caterpillars and tree frogs for my Berryland Kids. She appreciated and loved all life. I appreciated all her kindness, thoughtfulnes, and support throughout the years I was at Liza.
1/1/2013 01:31:34 am
1/1/2013 09:59:22 am
Phyllis, you had a wonderful way of making a person feel like they were the most important person to you when you spoke to them. You will be missed by many and I hope that you have found the most beautiful space you could think of.
1/1/2013 03:28:40 pm
What can I say about my wonderful mother? You all honor her with your kind words and I laughed and cried reading some of the stories. This is an incredibly difficult time for the family but I want you all to know that you were her family, too. I know you all through stories. She absolutely loved you. I will never forget her and I know you won't, either. The only thing that seems to help is that old cliche, she wouldn't want you to be sad.
1/2/2013 10:48:55 am
Our heart goes out to the Green family. Mrs. Green has always been the person to go to with any problems, concerns or even sharing of great news and excitement. Not sure how Liza will move on without her there. Big shoes to fill. May she rest in peace! kindness and outpouring compassion for education and the Liza family will never be forgotten. <3Our heart goes out to the Green family. Mrs. Green has always been the person to go to with any problems, concerns or even sharing of great news and excitement. Not sure how Liza will move on without her. Big shoes to fill. May she rest in peace! Your kindness and outpouring compassion for education and the Liza family will never be forgotten. <3
1/2/2013 11:10:30 am
What a sad loss for Liza! Ms. Green was the first person we met at Liza when we came to town. She toured us through the school and we knew we wanted to be a part of her group there. Our middle school son is grieving her loss, and we are all in shock that such a lively, strong, caring and creative person has left us. Our condolences to her family. She will be missed.
1/2/2013 11:44:17 am
Well after going to the funeral today I realized how much of an impact Ms.Green made in everyones life. Ms.Green was one of the few teachers who were there when I needed her and belived in me no matter what. The biggest thing I will miss is whenever any student or teacher heard the click of heals in the halls we would automatically know Ms.Green is coming! She will forever be in our hearts and Liza Jackson won't be the same with out her. <3
1/2/2013 12:25:14 pm
Ms. Green was a caring, lovely, gracious lady. Her true concern for every child at Liza was evident. She was also a champion of the arts in our school and it was my privilege to work with her on behalf of the Thespians. She understood just how important this extracurricular was to our children and how it could have a positive influence on their curricular activities. She was so supportive as I found my way as the new director this year and I will miss her very, very much. My deepest sympathies go out to her family.
1/3/2013 12:45:47 am
Phyllis Green or Fillis as Firehouse Subs would spell it (LOL). You were calm and reassuring to everyone who needed help, advice, a shoulder to cry on and you even listened when tears of joy fell and tears of sadness. Well Rounded Lady, Educator, Friend, Mother, Wife, Co-Worker, Principal, Leader and the list goes on and on. We have had many great years together and I can tell you it is going to be so very hard not hearing you on my phone calling me knower of all things and visiting me with your list of students. I am going to miss coming down the hall and ploppinig down in your seat to discuss our cats antics and solutions in making them behave or Tyler and his grades and way to handle a 14 year old know it all. I will miss your cutting people off when you answered the phone because you just could not get "it" I am going to miss your presence in my daily life but you will never, ever be forgotten and be in my mind and heart always. Hugs and Forever Love! Missy
Angela Coburn & Family
1/3/2013 06:19:30 am
It's amazing how many blessing you left behind. Your professionalism of upholding the standard in difficult and uncomfortable situations is what I admired most. I am so glad God allowed me to see that and know you. I talked about you often. You are greatly missed but your legacy will live on. I know God has a special place for you in heaven. Rest on and be eternally full of His joy! We love you and are praying for your family.
1/4/2013 08:43:36 am
I have been at Liza for 10 years and have seen Ms. Green there everyday. Its going to be so strange to not hear the familiar click of her shoes coming down the hallway. There's not much I can really say but RIP, Ms. Green you will be deeply missed.
1/4/2013 12:27:50 pm
Well Mrs. Green i don't know what to say... You were one of my favorite staff members at the school. You were the one who let me into this wonderful school. i can't thank you enough for how much you have done for me through thick and thin your the best. Im glad you got to see me do my GBD and watch everyone at graduation. im sure your looking down at everyone in the liza family and smiling we all miss you but i might miss you the most. Stay safe:)
1/6/2013 06:24:32 am
Phyllis will also be with us at Liza. She was so loving, caring and was willing to listen. I will always be grateful for her kindness and her ability to make me smile or laugh when I needed it. Phyllis was always willing to help whenever someone needed her. I keep the video she made for my family and I of the week she watched my dog, Jack. Jack and her Kota had so much fun together! I will always remember her generosity and love she showed. She is will be greatly missed. Lots of love, thoughts and prayers go out to the Green family!
1/6/2013 12:49:39 pm
Mrs. Phyllis Green was a wonderful woman. She cared for everyone and always helped me when I was having trouble at school. I will miss her very much. I feel grateful that she was my assistant principal and will never forget her. I only knew her for a short while, but even so I will still miss and grieve for her loss. Mrs. Green will be in my thoughts and prayers these next few months, and I send my deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Thank you, Mrs. Green, for being the best principal I have ever had.
1/6/2013 02:19:55 pm
I loved her like a mom and in a way she treated me and all of her students as her kids ,my only regret is that she was not able to see me succed..ill miss her..I thank her for believeing in me
Corryn Brown and Mikayla Decatur
1/7/2013 02:12:10 am
Mrs. Green played quite a large role in out lives. A hole will be in our everyday lives were she once was. She will no longer be there to lend a hand or give a short speach to our school's eager listeners. It will be a hard and rocky road to recovery.
1/7/2013 10:59:10 am
When I look back at the first time I walked in Liza Jackson Preparatory School's doors I remember being terrified that I wouldn't be successful but Mrs. Green took me in and helped me make it through these past few years. After that I was able to look up at her because she was not afraid to stand up for this school and I think that is the reason that Liza Jackson is the way it is. This school would never have been the same or be the same without her. I believe that without people like Mrs. Phyllis Green this nation wouldn't be what is today. Who know that one person could make that much of a difference. She is greatly loved and will be greatly missed. She is in the hands of the Savior and will be watching over us and Liza Jackson until we join her in his arms. Rest in Peace and remember that you are LOVED!
1/7/2013 11:34:25 am
Mrs.Green loved my brother and I and i just want to say that I will miss her a lot and even thoungh poeple thought that she wasn't fair she was the nice loveable person everyone new. When my mom and dad told my brother and I that Mrs.Green passed away was very sad and my brother started to cry his eyes out. I will aways love and miss Mrs.Green.
1/7/2013 01:33:08 pm
When God reached down
1/8/2013 12:45:54 am
Ms.Green i am going to miss you so much i have know you ever since i was in this school in kindergarden i am going to miss you so much
2/3/2013 03:16:35 am
Ever since I was in 2nd grade ms green helped me out alot there she helped me all the time I'm going to miss her rip ms green and thanks for all the help.
2/13/2013 09:33:57 am
We're geting close to Mrs.Green's goal. Mrs.Green would have wanted us to live on, not to live in the sadness of losing her. Mrs.Green would have wanted us to live on her dream that she could not finish, but we will finish it for her. We will make Mrs.Green happy. We meaning the whole school will miss Mrs.Green for ever.
2/24/2013 07:56:44 am
3/10/2013 01:28:08 pm
I remember my first day of school I was scared happy and excited all together! When I got to class I freaked out when this girl Avery was bulling me. Then at that point there was no Rachel's challenge. I told my mom and we contacted mrs. green she helped us through it. She made me so happy I hugged her she was startled at first but then returned the hug. If Mrs.green has taught me on thing, it is never ever ever just watch some one get bullied or picked on. RIP mrs. Green.
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