Celebrating the Life of
Phyllis Brown Scarlett
Nov 17, 1957 - Jan 13, 2021
The Virtual Celebration of Life for
Phyllis Brown Scarlett
from Saturday, February 20 2021
2:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Order of Service
Opening Poetry Readings:
Prince - The Love We Make
Open to All
The Daily Word:
Words of Comfort:
Reverend Sonya Reichel
Phyllis Eileen Brown Scarlett was a phenomenal woman who lived life to the fullest and without regrets. Her zest for life, warm-hearted spirit, and optimistic nature were irresistible. She provided a sense of comfort to all those who knew her—the thread that held so many things and people together. Sadly, on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Phyllis transitioned from physical to eternal life at 63, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Phyllis was born to Jeanne and Harry Brown on November 17, 1957. Born into a military family, Phyllis spent her early years living in Germany, California, and later Nebraska. Phyllis attended Bellevue High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, French Club, Student Council, and the Varsity Swimming team. She was awarded the National Merit Scholarship from Bellevue High School.
With her parents’ ardent support, Phyllis went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California; she later practiced law in Los Angeles, California. While at the University of Southern California, Phyllis joined the illustrious Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She later served as an active member of the Ventura County Alumnae Chapter, receiving countless awards for her community service, including the 2014 Top Soror Award.
In addition to her sorority work, Phyllis enjoyed many pastimes. In her earlier years, she reveled in skiing down the black diamond slopes of Vail, Colorado. She enjoyed singing and dancing to the tunes of her “Little Man,” a.k.a. Prince. She also was an avid reader, jazz enthusiast, and entertainer. She was a lover of festivities and holidays, especially Halloween, when you’d spot her as a witch or vampire.
During her children’s formative years, she served as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout mom, supporting various community service and outdoor activities. She took part in planning and joining her children on camping trips to Catalina Island and whale watching trips. She enjoyed walking along the beach and often participated in beach clean-ups, eventually sparking her daughter’s interest in environmental advocacy. She was also her son’s #1 fan, videographer, and stats keeper as he went on to be a top-ranked high school basketball player in the state of California.
In her last five years, traveling became one of her most chosen gems. From Australia to Paris, Dubai, and India, Phyllis cherished these experiences taking in the cultural and scenic landscapes with wonder. When she wasn’t planning a trip, she also enjoyed walking in the neighborhood and putting her green thumb to use through the cultivation of her home garden. She was well-known for growing her infamous pineapple garden and her hot jalapeño peppers.
Phyllis was affectionately called “Phil,” and as a friend wrote, she was a companion who mothered all those near and dear to her. She was a good listener (and definitely a chatty talker) who encouraged her friends to “Choose Happy.” Phyllis touched the lives of so many people. Her larger-than-life presence will continue to live on in the memories and hearts of those who loved her.
Phyllis is survived by her mother, Jeanne Brown; her brothers, Clifford and Curtis Brown and their respective families; her children, Ryan and Rachel Scarlett; and a host of other loved ones and friends.