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  • Phyllis Lorraine Bjurstrom

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  • Phyllis Lorraine Bjurstrom, 85, of Grants Pass, Ore., passed away surrounded by her family after a brief illness, Wednesday, October 10, 2012.
    She was born November 21, 1926, in Virginia, Minn. to Mabel and Fred Becker. She grew up in Clayton, Wisc. where she attended school with her classmate and future husband, Edward Bjurstrom. They married June 12, 1947. Living for a time in Minnesota, they moved to Ashland, Ore., in 1963. They resided in several places around Oregon but returned to the Rogue Valley and Grants Pass in 1977, where she worked for many years as the auditor and office manager for J. C. Penney.
    She and Ed enjoyed traveling to many places throughout the United States and Europe, and they worked as volunteers for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief throughout the country beginning with the 1997 flood in Ashland to Phyllis's last assignment in New York City immediately after the 9/11 attack.
    Phyllis was an avid bowler who first began the sport in 1942, participating in countless leagues as well as many state and national tournaments.
    Over the past decade she has been very involved in her church's quilting group, sewing many dozens of handmade quilts that were sold to raise money for or donated directly to various charitable organizations.
    Phyllis is survived by three sons, Dennis, of Grants Pass, Ore., Dale, of Vancouver, Wash., and David, of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Bjurstrom, in 2001.
    A viewing for family and friends will be held Friday, October 12, 2012, at Hull & Hull Funeral Directors in Grants Pass from 9 am to 4 pm.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Faith Lutheran Church, 8582 Rogue River Hwy, Rogue River, Ore., followed by a private family service at Memory Gardens Memorial Park in Medford. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
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