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Obituary: Phyllis D. Powell, 1928-2020 

Gifted musician performed off-Broadway in New York City at age 80

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Phyllis Powell died peacefully at the Converse Home on August 28, 2020, after a brief illness.

Phyllis was born on August 12, 1928, in Burlington, Vt. She attended Ira Allen School and Burlington High School and graduated from the University of Vermont. After graduation she taught elementary school in Burlington.

A gifted musician, Phyllis studied piano and organ and was the organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in St. Albans. She loved music and passed that love on to her children and grandchildren. She began acting classes in her mid-70s with an emphasis on improvisation. She played roles in a number of local productions, as well as performed off-Broadway in New York City at age 80. She loved her time in the theater!

Phyllis was a kind, perceptive and loving person with many dear friends and acquaintances. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church and cherished her times with her PEO sisters.

Phyllis leaves behind her sister Janice Mudgett, son John Davis (Wanda Stetson), and grandchildren George Davis (Audrey Feldman), Timothy Davis, Katie Wilder (Nick), Emily Fortune (Rudy) and Elizabeth Davis, as well as great-grandchildren Tylie Rose Fortune and Cooper Wilder.

She was predeceased by her parents Professor George and Helen Dykhuizen, her son Richard Davis, and her daughter Allyson LeDoux. She was also predeceased by husbands Philip Davis and Homer Powell.

The family would like to express our gratitude to the staff at the Converse Home for their kind and loving care during her time there.

Arrangements are in care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County. To send online condolences to her family, please visit

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