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Phyllis Bullington Riddell-Shapiro ’42

The daughter of Frank and Sylvia Bullington, Phyllis was born on the first day of spring, March 21, 1919. The promise of spring blossomed into her irrepressible optimism and celebrated smile. When she was two, the family moved from Portland, Oregon, to Kansas City. They were living in Los Angeles when her mother died in 1937, followed a year later by her father. Phyllis moved to Portland to study at Reed, majoring in literature. She did not graduate, marrying Robert Riddell in 1942. The couple had four children, and in 1988 Robert died. Phyllis married Robert Shapiro in 2004, and he died three years later.

Her companion, Joseph Bashlow, survives her, as well as her children, Stephen Riddell (Diane Chellis), James Riddell (Penny), Cathy Riddell (Diane Wells), and Susan Hill (Gary); six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2016

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