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WALKER, PHYLLIS JANET
WALKER, Phyllis Janet 88, of Palm Desert, passed away December 22, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip E. Walker and two brothers Rodney D. Brown and Dennis E. Brown. A California resident since 1951, Phyllis had resided in the Palm Springs area since 1987. She was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and was a graduate of Steele High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, graduating cum laude, in 1945, from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, and later earned a Master of Arts in Music from Pasadena College in California in 1965. Most of her life, she taught music in public schools throughout Indiana, Dayton, Ohio and Lancaster, California while mentoring the development of many young musicians. A great supporter of local arts, she was active in community concerts, former past President of the Antelope Valley Symphony Association, as well as former past president of the Los Angeles County Music Educators while teaching extension classes for UCLA and Cal State Northridge. She was also conductor of the Chancel Choir at Lancaster Methodist Church and served on the SAC Board at the Desert Museum. She was also very active locally in the women's club, P.E.O. and the United Methodist Church of Palm Springs. Throughout her life, she appeared as a piano soloist and accompanist in many recitals but was most proud of her association with a trio of musicians from her alma mater, Otterbein University, and the group's performance at their 50th college reunion. She is survived by her nephew, Rodney Scott Brown (Patricia), of Colleyville, Texas and two nieces, Martha Brown Miller (David) of Fishers, Indiana, and Laura Brown Marcom (Keith) of Keller, Texas, and many dear and close friends. Burial will be private. Memorial service to be held at 1 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2012, in the auditorium at The Fountains At The Carlotta, 41-505 Carlotta Drive, Palm Desert. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in her name to Otterbein University, Howard House, Attn: Stella Law, Gifts Administration, One South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081.

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