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Phyllis (Tillie) Birch

Obit-BirchPhyllis (Tillie) Birch of Estes Park, formerly of Chicago, IL, Eagle River, WI and Martinez, CA died peacefully at Prospect Park Living Center in Estes Park on June 27, 2013. She was 93 years old. Phyllis was born August 15, 1919 in Chicago to parents Edwin and Stella (Hollen) Valkenaar. She attended North Park College in Illinois and was active in the Eagle River business community. She considered herself an entrepreneur, having developed a printing company, interior design company, and was most recently an award winning realtor in the San Francisco Bay area. She was a lifelong follower of the Christian Science faith and later became a Stephen Minister at the Evangelical Free Church of Walnut Creek, CA. She had a strong love for God and enjoyed the company of people from all walks of life. Phyllis had a real zest for life, always seeking her spiritual purpose. Phyllis is survived by her daughter Wendye Birch-Sykes and her partner Shelley Powers of Estes Park, son Randy Birch of Eagle River, WI, brother Jack Valkenaar and wife Betty of Pompano Beach, FL, granddaughters Dawn Glick and husband Kenny of San Diego and Brittney Birch of Scottsdale, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Audrey Evans. See to send a message to Phyllis’ family.

A Memorial Service will be held for close friends and family in Eagle River, WI.

Memorial Contributions should be addressed to Prospect Park Living Center in Estes Park, CO where she spent 18 months with loving and caring people before she left this family for her family in heaven.


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