Gail Phylow

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Gail Marie Culver Phylow, 46, of Payson, died April 8, 2001 in Payson. She was born Jan. 25, 1955, in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Mrs. Phylow was born in Ft. Collins, Colo. Her father was a U.S. Border Patrol pilot and was transferred all over the U.S. She lived in Arizona, Florida, California, North Dakota, Michigan and back to Yuma in 1966.

Mrs. Phylow was enrolled at O.C. Johnson Elementary School and met her future husband, Bobby Phylow, in the fifth grade. She and Bobby attended Fourth Avenue Jr. High, and during their junior year at Yuma High School they began dating. They graduated from high school in 1973 and parted ways their freshman year at college, while Mrs. Phylow attended the University of Arizona.

Mrs. Phylow later moved back to Yuma and graduated from Arizona Western College with an Associate degree in nursing. She then moved back to Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. She remained in Tucson, working at the U of A Medical Center in the high-risk labor and delivery unit, Kino County Hospital in the ER, and the VA hospital in intensive care as night shift nursing supervisor and in the ER until she reunited with Mr. Phylow in July 1988. They were married Nov. 19, 1988, at the First United Methodist Church in Yuma, 15 years to the day after they parted ways in college. They moved to Langley Air Force Base, in Hampton, Va., where Mr. Phylow was stationed in January 1989. Mrs. Phylow attended the University of North Dakota, graduating in January 1990 from the nurse practitioner program and soon became dual certified as a family nurse practitioner and physician assistant. Mr. Phylow retired from the USAF and they moved to Arizona and settled in Payson in February 1995.

Mrs. Phylow became an active member of the Payson United Methodist Church, especially the music program, where she played handbells and sang in the "witness" praise band and helped start the contemporary worship service in September 1996.

In 1999, Mrs. Phylow was given the opportunity to operate a solo practice at the Pine-Strawberry Medical Center, where she treated patients and provided hands-on training for nursing, physician assistant and nurse practitioner students.

Mrs. Phylow had been a long-time member of the Yuma Chapter of the Eastern Star. She helped organize and implement the annual Payson Womens Wellness forums. She also lectured and volunteered to do school sports physicals at Payson High School and Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. She enjoyed swimming, hiking, snow skiing, gardening and especially music.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby E. Phylow, of Payson; two daughters, Kaitlyn M. Phylow and Kori E. Phylow both of Payson; one step-daughter, Lauren D. Phylow of Payson; mother, Lois F. Culver of Show Low, Ariz.; two brothers, Gregory L. Culver, M.D. of Cando, N.D. and Glen L. Culver of Minot, N.D.; grandmother, Marie V. Thompson of Lead, S.D.; and step-father-in-law, John Simich of Yuma, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clair L. Culver, and one brother, Gary U. Culver.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 16 at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street.

Donations may be made to Payson United Methodist Church, Gail Phylow Memorial, 414 N. Easy Street, Payson, AZ 85541.

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