In Memory: Jan. 17

Phyllis M. Jennings, 97, Vero Beach

Phyllis M. Jennings, 97, of Vero Beach, passed away on Jan. 8, 2020, just 15 days before her 98th birthday. She was born Phyllis Marie McMahon to Merritt McMahon and Theresa Potts McMahon in Kankakee, Ill., on Jan. 23, 1922.

She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Commerce in 1945 and worked in Chicago before she married Lyston C. Jennings on June 24, 1950.

Their first son, Thomas M. Jennings, was born in Oak Park, Ill., on July 21, 1951, and their second, Robert L. Jennings, was born in Watertown, N.Y., March 23, 1957.

As a young girl, Phyllis enjoyed camping with her parents. Later, as a homemaker, she was very active in volunteer community work, especially at her churches in Watertown, Pompano Beach and Vero Beach.

She loved reading, travel and entertaining friends at home.

Her husband passed away in October of 2003. Her son Tom died in September of 2019.

She is survived by her son, Robert, an attorney in Stuart, whose significant other Marie Henning has two daughters, Amanda and Laura. Phyllis is also survived by her grandson, Sean, who resides in Orlando.

A Celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach.

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