In Loving Memory...

Phyllis Marianna Maguire
1942 - 2021

December 14, 1942 - August 6, 2021

Phyllis Marianna Maguire passed very unexpectedly, but peacefully, asleep in her Spokane home on August 6th, 2021 at the age of 78. She was born to Anton and Marianna (Stoltz) Eberle on December 14th, 1942. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Maguire, and loving partner Michael Meighan.

With a generous heart as big as the world, no one could make you feel more at home than Phyllis. Her welcoming personality was a perfect fit for her role as owner and Innkeeper at the Marianna Stoltz House Bed and Breakfast for the last 35 years. Neighbors described her as a monument of the Gonzaga neighborhood, and all were impacted by her big personality. She even took care of the neighborhood cats, birds, turkeys-any living thing was a magnet for her nurturing. Prior to owning the B&B, Phyllis spent years as the bar manager at the Yardley Tavern. Her strong will and sense of self enabled her to take control of situations with a strong sense of justice, quick wit, and always with a loving nature. Throughout her life, she channeled her entrepreneurial spirit into her work and service to others.

 

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Phyllis loved life and took special care fostering relationships with friends who regularly met for "bored" meetings on Thursday afternoons, rain or shine. Her kitchen was a hub for storytelling, laughing until you cried, and always feeling comfortable to come as you were. She welcomed all with open arms, but the core of the group consisted of herself, and dear friends Sue, Nancy, Jodie, and daughter Colleen. Her house was a place where strangers became friends, and friends became family. She served others as a bridge, bringing the most unlikely together, in ways that were truly magical.

 

Raised Catholic, and educated by the Holy Names nuns, she lived her life realizing that what you give in life matters more than what you take. This philosophy, and, being raised in a family that was involved in politics and current affairs daily, led to her very strong progressive Democratic beliefs. She and her sister, Marie McCarter Witherell, have carried forward a strong sense of responsibility to the community and helping those who are disadvantaged.

 

In September of 1966, Phyllis adopted Colleen Marie Maguire. She was so proud to be a mom and loved to retell the story of flying to Seattle to be united with her "adopted darling". Phyllis and Colleen had an extremely close relationship, often describing their love for each other through the words of Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World." Their closeness carried over to Colleen's three children, Hannah Marie (29), Holland Rose (27) and Truman James (21). She was Nanny, which they define as biggest confidant, support, and advice giver in the universe. Nothing gave her more pleasure than spending time with her grandchildren and helping them to navigate life. She is also survived by Marie (Archie) and their children, Jake (Holland), Matt, Nathan, and Molly, and many loving great-nieces and nephews. Her fierce passion for family took priority with her, and yet, she would give a helping hand to anyone in need without judgement.A private celebration will be held for close family and friends. In her honor, please feel free to donate to a Democratic public servant of choice, Planned Parenthood, LGBTQUIA, or animal rescue organizations.

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