Phyllis Lorna Chee Galloway peacefully went home with her Maker on Monday, January 11, 2021, at the age of 98, a month shy of her 99th birthday, at Settlers Park (assisted living) in Baker City, Oregon. She was the Australia-born daughter of Thomas and Harriet Matilda Kells Chee, and one of twelve children. Her brothers and sisters were Thomas Henry, Harriet Matilda, Alma Elizabeth, Edward Charles, Victor John, Doris Rose, Eileen Alena, Mavis Jean, Ethel (Connie Bartroff), Veronica May, and Loraine Frances. Phyllis had three sisters who also came to America, choosing names they preferred – Carol from Texas and Arizona, Judy from Massachusetts, and Connie from Seattle, Washington. Phyllis was the last survivor of her brothers and sisters.
In 1972, Phyllis married World War II veteran Harry J Galloway in a Las Vegas chapel, meeting each other when Harry worked in Melbourne, Australia. Harry passed on November 1, 2015. They traveled extensively around the world with Harry's pipeline jobs and settled in Baker City, Oregon.
Phyllis was an excellent bowler, volunteered with the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and the Baker City Senior Center, and loved fishing and picking berries in the mountains with Harry. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed watching her favorite basketball team, the Portland Trailblazers, after whom she fondly named her Australian silky dog.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews in Australia, including Mavis' son, Barry Bazley, whom she helped raise when she was still in Melbourne. He stayed in touch with Phyllis and held a special spot in her heart. Having had no children of her own, she had two step-children, Evelyn Shelton (Donald) and Charles Dale Galloway (Marjorie), and granddaughter, Sierra Galloway, all of Pennsylvania. She also had step-grandchildren, Jon, David, and Edward Patton, who spent numerous summers in Baker City with her and Harry. Step-son Elwood Patton (Carolyn) worked construction with Harry in Alaska and was a special person to both Harry and Phyllis.
The family would like to thank Hospice and Phyllis's good friend, Tamara Pearce, for the devotion and care they gave Phyllis to make her more comfortable.
Phyllis and Harry's remains will be buried together in Orcutt's Cemetery, Noxen, PA. Instead of flowers, donations, remembrances, and contributions can be sent to The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
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