The Rev. Phyllis Edwards, first woman deacon dies at 92

The Rev. Phyllis Edwards, the Episcopal Church’s first woman deacon, died in Forks, WA of age-related causes. She was 92. Edwards was a civil rights activist who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and fought for the ordination of women in the Episcopal Church. She was ordained by Bishop Pike.


According to the Rev. Gail Wheatley, of St. Andrew’s, Port Angeles, WA:

All … ordained women owe her a debt of gratitude for her persistence and faithfulness

Dot Fuller of California says that Edwards served at St. Aidan’s, in San Francisco.

Formerly with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Port Angeles, she was affiliated with St. Swithin’s in Forks at the time of her death. Services will be held July 24, 1 p.m., memorial in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 510 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles. The Right Rev. Greg Rickel will officiate.

Memorials: Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center, P.O. Box 1034, Port Angeles, WA 98362; or St. Swithin’s/St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 510 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Read the news account of her ordination to the diaconate from the Fredericksburg, VA Free-Lance Star.

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