Phyllis Nathalie (Renke) Savage


Phyllis Nathalie (Renke) Savage, 94, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in her home at Summer Hill Senior Living, Oak Harbor, Wash. She was born March 14, 1924, in Paso Robles, Calif.; daughter of Albert D. and Nathalie E. (Liss) Renke. She was a 1941 graduate of Paso Robles High School and attended business school at San Luis Obispo Junior College.

One great adventure of her life was serving in the US Navy WAVES from 1944 to 1949. She attended boot camp at the Hunter College campus in Bronx, N.Y. and Yeoman School in Stillwater, Okla. Her duty stations were in San Francisco, Calif.; Washington, DC; and Seattle, Wash.

In 1948 she married Robert M. Savage in Seattle, Wash. In 1949 she received an honorable discharge from the Navy with the rank of Yeoman First Class. Phyllis enjoyed her role as homemaker and mother, and also continued her career. She worked mostly in financial services, retiring from Beneficial Finance in 1989.

Survivors include daughter Jacqueline S. Marshall (Chris) of Amherst, N.H.; step-son Robert J. Savage (Shirley) of Columbia, Tenn.; brother Daniel F. Renke (Jacqueline) of Lafayette, Calif.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by son Steven M. Savage, husband Robert M. Savage, sister Alberta L Smythe, and grandson Robert A. Savage.

Phyllis was known for her sly sense of humor, dedication to work and volunteer services. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, handwork, reading and music. She was a member of Whidbey Presbyterian Church and Women’s Association, the American Legion Auxiliary, Pacific Northwest WAVES and National WAVES.

The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff at both Summer Hill Senior Living and Whidbey Health Services and Hospice. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The United States Navy Memorial Foundation www.navymemorial.org. Interment and graveside memorial will be held in the fall at Paso Robles District Cemetery, Paso Robles, Calif.; arrangements by Wallin Funeral Home of Oak Harbor, Wash.

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