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Phyllis Trigg

Trigg, Phyllis Ann Martz..age 79 of Miamisburg, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012.  Phyllis was born in Germantown, Ohio, the daughter of the late Arthur L. Martz and Ida Velma (Smallwood) Martz.  She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Germantown and a lifelong member of Park Lake Presbyterian Church, Orlando, FL where she resided for most of her adult life. Phyllis was a graduate of Germantown High School, University of Central Florida, and Stetson University. Earning advanced degrees, she pursued a fulfilling teaching career in Business Education as well as her life-long, professional work and devotion as an accomplished musician. A beloved wife and mother, she was exceptionally gifted, and her many talents and abilities wonderfully influenced & touched the lives of those who knew her.  Phyllis’s deep commitment to her faith was most evident in her remarkable and generous contributions to the church through music, teaching and service to others.  In addition to her parents and sister, Helen Bussard, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Cushman.  She is survived by daughter Rebecca Al-Hattab (Bashier) of Boynton Beach, FL, Deborah Varga (Richard) of Highland, MD, David Trigg (Rosanna) of New York City, NY, Malcolm Trigg (Margaret) of Fern Park, FL., grandchildren Darren (Pamela) Abadi, Andrew Ernest Al-Hattab, Kathryn Varga, and great-granddaughter Sahara Abadi as well as brother in law John Trigg,  the Bussard families of Dayton and Germantown, and life-long friends Marion Lowrie Major and Jean Van Brackle of FL. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Arpp & Root Funeral Home Germantown, Pastor Interim D. Houston Hall officiating. Burial Germantown Union Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  On line condolences may be sent to the family at www.arpprootfh.com

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I have lost a very dear friend, Phyllis Trigg, a friend I have known for almost 60 years.We were as close as any two sisters could be.Even though we became separated many decades ago when I moved from Orlando to Clearwater, but kept in touch with long, and I do mean long, phone conversations or pages and pages of written letters (email non-existent back then).When my daughter, Linda, for married in Clearwater, there were all the Triggs lined up at the reception.Periodically, her family would make it to Clearwater to visit all of us.Over the years our families were there for each other and the milestones - additions of a new child, wedding, graduations, marriages.I managed to get to Maitland and attend three Trigg children weddings, Phyllis & Ernie's 25th wedding anniversary, Phyllis's college graduation with Bachelors Degree with honors (I was so proud of her!), many other assorted events, and, until now, the most sad and meaningful, to spend time with her family & wonderful husband, Ernie, during the last days of his terminal illness. Our families worshiped together and Phyllis and I sang together in the Park Lake Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and the exclusive Bach Choir of Rollins College. Phyllis was always there for me. I'll always remember when we got the long-awaited call for the baby we were seeking to adopt & were told we needed to drive to Jacksonville to pick up the baby.when we got there, much to our surprise, it was not a baby, but a family of six, which we wre urged to take.When we returned to Orlando, the first thing I did was to call Phyllis and cry "Help."Before we knew itshe came over with a big pot of chili and all the fixings.By the end of the day, she had arranged with friends from the church to bring us extra beds, dressers, clothes and all that we needed.Only Phyllis could could do that kind of organizing on such notice.We shared all our feelings.We laughed together and cried together.Between us, we had eight children - two boys & two girls, each, so we shared our families' triumphs, joys, trials & tribulations. She had a lot of advice, and would sometimes tell my children what she thought they should hear.It wasn't what they always wanted to hear, but in the end she was always right.Phyllis could be blunt sometimes with a harshly worded opinion, but in addition to her honest, straight-forward manner, she also had a great sense of humor.She had an outgoing, energetic disposition and keen intelligence, and pretty much what ever she had to say or write was a highly valued contribution and you were the richer for it on the receiving end. Did you know she was an outstanding seamstress?She was well known in all the sewing store in town.When I would go with her, I couldn't imagine why she would buy some of the strangest materials, but it always turned out to be the right thing.When my second daughter, Bonnie, got married, Phyllis designed and made my 'mother or the bride' dress.I couldn't visualize what she had in mind, but it turned out to be a beautiful gown, made to perfection.It took many trips for me to Maitland for fittings, which I really enjoyed, for there were ALWAYS fun things going on in the household, or problems to help solve with Ernie or the children while she was sewing.What a wonderful couple - her and Ernest - their personalities, strengths & talents complimented each other.People of strong faith and outstanding character with a deep love for each other and family.A highly educated and very dynamic family!Every one of their four, very talented and successful children has a strong intellect and personality.I see the same attributes even in Phyllis & Ernie's three grandchildren. When Phyllis moved back to the Germantown area, Ohio, about 10 years after Ernie passed away, I thought I would never see her again, but as fate would have it, I discovered my brother lived close by in Centerville.My nephew planned to be wed in March 2011, and of course I planned to come, which meant a great reunion for me and Phyllis, who was invited.We had a great time together at the wedding.When my nephew said it was going to be formal, and I should wear a very fancy dress, I knew I had to wear the dress Phyllis had made for me 20 years earlier for my daughter's wedding.Was Phyllis ever proud when people came up to me to admire the dress so beautifully made, and I could say, "And here's the lady who designed and made it." Although more recently I wished I could be at her side when I heard her health had taken a drastic turn for the worse and that she may not have much time left, I knew I couldn't make it physically, soI asked my nephew and his wife to represent me and go to the hospital to see her.Although the nurse could not get any response, they knew she recognized them by her squeezing their hands and when they read the Bible and sang to her, she raised both arms up in the air. Her daughter, Rebecca, was desperately trying to get a last-minute flight to Ohio to be with her mom.I prayed hard, and we both prayed together that God did not take Phyllis until her family could be with and comfort her.I thank God for this blessing as Phyllis very gently passed away in Rebecca's arms as she finished praying over her mother.What a remarkable and accomplished woman in so many, many ways, and a joy to have had her as a friend for almost my entire adult life.My family say they will all miss her, for there was no one like her.Phyllis and her family will always be a part of our lives.With deepest love and affection, Marion Lowrie Major

Marion Murachanian Lowrie Major Jun 27 2012 12:00 AM

Rebecca, You and I have worked in the same College for a number of years and have become good collegues over that period of time.You are the best so I know your Mother had to be the best.May your wonderful memories sustain you and your family through this most difficult time. Shelly

Shelly Anisman Apr 2 2012 12:00 AM

One of the best people I''''ve ever known and as close to a mother as I''''ll ever. I''''m going to miss you dearly Phyliss, the world will be a less happy place for a while...

Michael (Mike) Wm. Harris Mar 28 2012 12:00 AM

to the children of Phyllis Trigg and the Bussard family. I was sorry to hear of Phyllis'' passing.Know that I am thinkinf of you at this time.Cousin,Del Dechant

del cechant Mar 28 2012 12:00 AM

glad i was able to know your mom. even thou it was not for a long time am still glad she was a part of my life.

BARBARA BUSSARD Mar 28 2012 12:00 AM

I wish I had let her teach me how to type.....what a great teacher.

Dana Wayne Cook Mar 28 2012 12:00 AM

Mrs. Trigg was my 8th grade Business Education Teacher at Milwee Middle School in Florida.She took me under her wing and into her home during the summer and taught me many things that I use this very day."Do what you love, but learn to type Karen"." Women can do anything, so learn to do something Karen". She certainly was right.She also shared with me her many beauty secrets. One in particular was about how she was able to grow her long, beautifully manicured nails.The secret was drinking Knox Unflavored Gelatin (shhhhhhhh). As an 8th grade girl, I was far more interested in those nails than learning to type. Somehow, she, with much patience taught me how to type and how to write one heck of a business letter.So, here's to you Mrs. Trigg.I think about you every time I touch the keyboard and whenever someone compliments me on my nails. You were one of a kind and you will be missed. I wish your family and friends peace and comfort during this time.

Karen Morris (Wilmington, Delaware) Mar 28 2012 12:00 AM