Phyllis Odegard Thompson, 75, died suddenly from cardiac arrest at Providence Hospital in Anchorage early Tuesday morning, October 20, 2020. She had been suffering with advancing dementia for the last several years. Phyllis was born on May 7, 1945 to her parents, Otis Sr. and Adela Johnson Odegard in Sacred Heart, Minnesota. She grew up on the farm with two older brothers and a younger sister. Phyllis was graduated from Mankato State College in Mankato, Minnesota in 1967 with a degree in Education and prepared to begin a long career as an elementary school teacher. She began her teaching career in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota. Phyllis met her husband, Aves, while attending Mankato State and they were married on August 3, 1968 in Fridley, Minnesota. Aves and Phyllis went to see friends in Anchorage in 1970 and decided to stay. They went back to Minnesota and packed everything they owned in a 5X10 U-Haul trailer and headed north. While teaching elementary school in the Anchorage School District, she earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) and was a very proud alumna. Their daughter, Kristin, came in July, 1980, and Phyllis was a proud fulltime Mother and school teacher. Her teaching career in Alaska spanned 27 years until the arrival of her first grandson. She retired to help care for Aaron. Phyllis enjoyed both her grandsons, which included Logan, who came a little later. They were the light of her life. She also enjoyed lunching and meetings with the Red Hatters Club and served as Vice-President of the Real Alaskans Club for several years. Phyllis loved to travel and had travelled extensively with her husband Aves to all 50 states and several foreign countries. Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents Otis Sr. and Adela, two older brothers, Otis and Stanley Odegard. She is survived by her husband, Aves; daughter, Kristin George, son-in-law, Colin Miller; grandsons Aaron Thompson and Logan George; and her sister Karen Holt and brother-in-law Peter in Ft. Collins, Colorado. And as well as many, extended friends and family. There will be no service. A Celebration of Life is planned for her birthday, May 7. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers or gifts, bequests be made in her name with the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Alaska.
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