Phyllis E. Whyland, age 97 ½, died Wednesday morning,
February 12, 2014, at Newport Health and Rehab.
She was born July 28, 1916, in Ubly, Michigan, a daughter of
Patrick and Eleanor M. (Copeland) O’Rourke.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, daughter Phyllis, and all of her siblings including a sister Lillian
who lived to the age of 103.
She grew up in Michigan and, in later years, regaled her
family with stories of riding sleigh blades and the excitement of the family’s
first Model T Ford.
She later became a purchasing agent and moved to Claremont,
New Hampshire. In the early 1970s, she relocated to Hickory, North Carolina and
about five and a half years ago moved to Newport where she first resided at
Wellington Place. She will be remembered at Wellington for her skills as a
She earned both licenses as a real estate agent and broker,
completed her Associate of Science degree at Catalpa Valley Community College,
and penned a newspaper column in Hickory.
A talented writer and artist, she won numerous awards in
competitions sponsored by the North Carolina Businesswomen’s Association for
her poetry and paintings.
She also founded the Golden Chain Club, an organization for retired women.
Her immediate survivors include her son, Tim Abramson of
Newport and daughter, Gail Brenner of Franklin, Wisconsin.
The family extends sincere appreciation to the staffs of
Wellington Place and Newport Health & Rehab.
No services are planned.