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Remembering Phyllis Maizlish: a true friend to our community

Phyllis Maizlish

Phyllis Ruth Goldberg Maizlish, age 88, died on Thursday, August 26th at her beloved “Little House” in Park City, Utah, surrounded by multitudes of flowers and her loving daughters and son.

Phyllis was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, and moved to the Kansas City area as a teenager.  At Paseo High School, she met the love of her life, Irvin Maizlish and together they enjoyed 42 years of marriage, filled with a busy family and a shared love for good friends, travel, and adventure.  In retirement, Phyllis and Irv moved to Naples, Florida. After Irv’s death in 1997, Phyllis resettled closer to her children and split her time between Tucson and Scottsdale, Arizona and Park City, Utah. Phyllis loved beauty in all things – flowers, birds, crafts, jewelry, and perhaps her happiest place: the perfect fishing spot.  In every situation, she found fun in the moment, surpassing life’s bumps with unrivaled optimism.

Phyllis was a passionate supporter of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and Women’s Philanthropy and was a proud “Forever” Lion of Judah. She was especially pleased to assist Jewish emergency relief and the Homer Davis project. By supporting Federations in both Utah and Arizona, she was also a member of the Prime Minister’s  Circle.

Above all, she cherished her loving, devoted, and ever-growing family of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Phyllis is survived by daughters Leslie Glaze (Richard), Shelly Silverman (Steve), Jody Gross (Stewart), and son Scott Maizlish (Erinn); grandchildren Anna Silverman (Todd Gaines), Alison Hart (Brad), Ben Glaze (Courtney), Max Silverman (Michele Glodowski), Jesse Glaze (Will Henning), Amanda Aaron (Bennett), Alex Gross, Abbey Glaze, Andrew Gross (Melissa), Sam Silverman (Taylor), Joey Maizlish, and Lauren Maizlish. In recent years, she welcomed the newest generation: Milo, Ivy, and Poppy Gaines, Sydney Silverman, and Griffin Glaze, with three more babies to join them soon.

The family requests no food or flowers.  Tributes may be sent to the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, the United Jewish Federation of Utah, or a charity of one’s choice.