Phyllis Stuckey Yingling | Obituary


Beloved educator, writer, activist, artist and family member Phyllis Stuckey Yingling, born and raised in Martinsburg, passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on August 30, 2021 at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, SK. Maryland. Phyllis and her husband Carroll have traveled the world extensively, but she has remained proud of her roots in the Back Creek Valley of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. As a youth leader in her local WV United Methodist Church, Phyllis met and later married Carroll Yingling of Baltimore, MD at a Methodist Youth Conference. She was the wife of a devoted pastor in his parishes throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. In her 40s, Phyllis earned a master’s degree in education from McDaniel College and taught deaf and hard of hearing youth in Baltimore schools. Phyllis has written and published poetry, short stories, and children’s books throughout her life. Phyllis became active in the women’s rights and peace movements in the 1970s and was an active member of the International Women’s League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) for 40 years, serving as co-chair and co- Her 72-year friendship with British featherweight Girlfriend Diane Brace has spanned historical and personal events and reunited their families across the Atlantic on several occasions. Phyllis loved oil paints and watercolors and made handmade greeting cards. She loved to sing, go to the theater and to the symphony with friends. At the age of 79, Phyllis and Carroll walked the 90 miles of Hadrian’s Wall in the UK. Phyllis has touched the lives of thousands of people in a positive way. Phyllis’ immediate and extended family mattered to her. She is survived by her two children, Beth Yingling and Lewis “Chip” Yingling, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 at Notre-Dame-des-Anges Chapel on the Charlestown Campus, 711 Maiden Choice Ln., Catonsville, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Peace Development Fund, PO Box 1280, Amherst, MA 01004-1280. Write “WILPF” in the memo section.


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