Phyllis Long Rutledge

Published 5:51pm Wednesday, January 30, 2013

God has a new angel. Phyllis Long Rutledge, 89, of Tryon, NC died Tuesday, January 29, 2013 in Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills, Landrum, SC.

Born in Johnstown, PA, she was the daughter of the late John and Esther Teter Long and was the widow of James Rutledge who died in l993.  Phyllis was a retired English teacher having taught for 25 years at Polk Central High School.  After retirement she was a dedicated volunteer with St. Luke’s Thrift Shop, Tryon Youth Center Board, Polk Community Foundation Scholarship Committees, and the Polk County Mental Health Board.  She served at the MedAssist Outreach Ministry for 10 years, and the St. Luke’s Hospital Auxillary for 25 years where she was a past president, vice president and secretary.  Phyllis was an avid golfer and bridge player; she loved the beach, time with friends and anything that involved her family.  Her cheerful disposition, pleasant smile, compassion for others and steadfast determination to overcome health problems were an inspiration.  She was loved by many and will live forever in our hearts.

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