Phyllis A. Brownell

November 1, 1945 ~ January 1, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Phyllis Brownell Obituary

Phyllis A. Brownell, 78, of Washington, Indiana, passed away on the 1st of January, 2024, in Evansville, embraced by the love of her family and the memories of a life abundantly lived. Born on November 1st, 1945, to the late Norma and Marshall Vasbinder, Phyllis carried the virtues of her upbringing through a lifetime of compassion, dedication, and spirited joy.

Phyllis's early years were spent in the halls of Madison Heights High School in Anderson, Indiana, where she graduated before furthering her education in cosmetology school in Florida. Throughout her life, Phyllis cultivated a myriad of relationships and interests that reflected her kind heart and curiosity.

Her commitment to her faith was unwavering, as she was an active and devoted member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was within this community where Phyllis's spirit shone brightly, inspiring those around her with her devout service and genuine warmth.

Her free time was often filled with the simple pleasures that she loved—immersing herself in the words of the Bible, challenging her mind with word puzzles, and expressing her artistic flair through adult coloring books. These activities were the lenses through which Phyllis's gentle soul perceived the world, adding color and shape to the lives of those she touched.

Phyllis's legacy is cherished and celebrated by her surviving family: her sons, Eric Phagan (Melissa) of Georgia, and Bryan Phagan (Cindi) of Florida; her sisters, Evelyn Smith of Noblesville, Sharon Trayweek of Washington, and Beverly McKinney of Anderson; brothers, William Vasbinder of Anderson, and Lonnie Trayweek of Washington; her adoring grandchildren, and a host of devoted nieces and nephews. She now rejoins her beloved husband, Arthur Brownell, and her brothers, Donald, Thomas, Kevin, and David, who preceded her in death.

Phyllis A. Brownell's journey was one marked by her gentle strength, unwavering faith, and the light of her love, which will continue to guide and inspire even as she rests in peace.

There will be a visitation held on Thursday, January 4, 2024 from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at Fredrick and Son-Gill Funeral Home with a service immediately following. Burial will follow in Sugarland Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family welcomes you to share online condolences and fond memories at

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January 4, 2024

1:00 PM
Fredrick and Son-Gill Funeral Home
308 E Walnut Street
Washington, IN 47501


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