Mavis Lavern Phaneuf

She loved life on the island and her many friends.

Mavis Lavern Phaneuf passed away November 20, 2022, at 100 years of age. She was born to Michael and Mabel Slettebo on August 16, 1922, in Seattle where she grew up. She was the oldest of two children. After high school, she attended the University of Washington, where she received a degree in Child Welfare Services.

She met her husband, Ray, on a blind date in Seattle while he was serving as a Lieutenant in the Navy during WWII. They were married in 1943 after a three-month courtship. After the war they settled in Massachusetts, where they started a family, and she taught physical education at Belchertown State School. They moved to Vashon Island in 1960, where she became a special education teacher for the Vashon School District, and she and Ray continued to raise their family of four.

In her retirement years she and Ray traveled, golfed at the Vashon Country Club and enjoyed their children and grandchildren. She loved watching sports, especially the Seattle Mariners, eating out at Cafe Luna and Sporty’s, exercising at the Vashon Athletic Club and walking around her neighborhood.

Mavis lived on Vashon Island for 61 years and was a member of the Episcopal Church for over 50 years. She loved life on the island and her many friends.

Mavis and Ray were married for 75 years. Mavis is survived by four children: Terri, Bob, Claudia, Carla; seven grandchildren: Tami, Kevin, James, Jeff, Jamie, Payton, Preston; and, six great-grandchildren.

Her ashes will be committed next to Ray at the Vashon Episcopal Church.