Gardening 12

Phyllis Kay (Isler) Ostendorf

December 24, 1953 ~ November 9, 2020 (age 66)


Mrs. Phyllis Kay Isler Ostendorf, entered into rest Monday, November 9, 2020.

Phyllis was born on Christmas Eve in 1953 to the late Fannie Elizabeth Anderson Isler and the late Max Coward Isler.  She was born and raised in North Carolina and lived along the East Coast. The South is where her heart was so she returned. 

Phyllis is the wife of Keith Wayne Ostendorf of Leesville, SC. They were married September 12th of this year.  

Phyllis was everyone’s Mama.  She is called “Mama Phyllis” by many.

Phyllis lived a long life and was a hard worker. Her family inherited her strength and dedication traits from her as she was the rock in the family. 

Phyllis is the mother of her girls as she always referred to them. Her oldest daughter Angeletic “Angie” Christina Williams Swiecki and her husband John Jacob Swiecki of Beech Island, SC, and her youngest daughter Rebecca Kay Williams of Rome, NY. 

When Phyllis married Keith they merged families and gained  Ian of Ohio and Audrey of Kentucky also as her own children.  

Phyllis was known in her later years as grandma Phyllis to Allison Elizabeth Swiecki Mackey and her husband Adam Benjamin Mackey of Utah, Colton Jacob Swiecki of Beech Island, SC, Novalee Ann Smith of Rome, NY, and Braylinn Williams of Rome, NY.    

Phyllis is the sister of the late Max Coward Isler Jr., Fredrick Isler and Penelope Isler.

Phyllis was previously married for 13 years to the late Glennie Wendell Williams and she had a long-term relationship with the late Mark Aaron Andrews.

Phyllis is a member of Convent Baptist Church, and was a faithful servant to the Lord. 

She was active at the senior center in Leesville.  Phyllis worked with abused and battered women in Lexington County.

Phyllis worked many places during her lifetime.  She was the first female lineman for Southern Bell in Charleston SC, and most recently she worked as a recycling attendant with Lexington County. There was never a job too big or too small for Phyllis and she always felt needed and appreciated at each and every one.

Phyllis was an animal lover. Throughout her life she had horses, goats, dogs, cats, ducks, birds, bunnies and chickens.

She also loved maintaining her garden and was known for her green thumb. 

Phyllis always made everyone laugh. When Phyllis left a room she always left people laughing.

Phyllis loved the water and enjoyed many vacations with her family at the beach, and her wishes were for her remains to be brought to the ocean. 

Her character and spirit will always remain in everyone’s heart. 

Mama Phyllis will forever be loved and missed.

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