Phyllis S Warnow, a talented artist and loving mother, passed away on April 26, 2023, at the age of 84. She was born on December 3, 1938, in San Francisco and moved to Eureka when she was young. She was one of eight children born to Patrick and Doris Mandel. 

She married Charles Grover Warnow, with whom she had four children, and the two of them owned and operated Warnow Construction.

Phyllis was kind, soft-spoken, smart, and fiercely loved her family. She had a passion for riding quads and small motorbikes with her friends, and she enjoyed gardening in her backyard, growing fruit trees from seeds. She was a talented painter and created the most beautiful oil paintings. She baked the best water biscuits and cinnamon rolls.

Her children grew up surrounded by animals at their little farm in Elk River. They had had a pony named Tina. The pony would come to the front door and put her mouth on the doorknob and wiggle it. My mom would open the door and give the pony carrots or a piece of Big Loaf bread. The children even rode that pony into the house, because it was so tiny. Phyllis really loved that pony.

Phyllis’ love for dogs was immense, and she had a special bond with her Rottweiler, Charlie, who was her protector, and her little Flossy.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her son Chuck Warnow. She is survived by her son Steve Warnow and his wife, Sherrie; her daughters Linda Warnow and Brenda Nelson; and her grandchildren Brian, Brittney, Andrew, Aren, Alisha, Joey, Vincent and Charleese.

A service to celebrate Phyllis’s life will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 12:00 p.m. at the Eureka Pentecostal Church, located at the end of Hoover Street — 1060 Hoover Street, Eureka. All friends and family are invited to attend and pay their respects.


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