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Phyllis Irene (Norris) Jaffe Jan. 25, 1932 - Dec. 31, 2018

Phyllis Irene (Norris) Jaffe, PhD., MDiv, died at home in Salisbury, Maryland on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. She was 86 years old.

Phyllis was born on Jan. 25, 1932 in Marion, and is the daughter of the late Warren Everett Norris and Alta Virginia Erlewine. She had lived in Salisbury with her husband, Dr. Leonard H. Jaffe, since 2009.

In addition to her husband, Phyllis is survived by her son, Matthew Danielson of Hillsboro, Virginia and his wife Maureen Tucker; step-daughter Louise Jaffe and her husband, Richard Casey of Santa Monica, California and their daughters, Margaret Casey of Boston and Nora Sorena Casey of New York City; and step-son Frank Jaffe and his wife Carol Piotti of Raymond, Maine; their son, Samuel Jaffe of Boston, Massachusetts and daughter Sara Jaffe of Portland, Maine.

Phyllis was an art educator, businesswoman, ordained priest and artist. She received her doctorate degree in education from Indiana University in 1969 and held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Indiana University-Indianapolis and served as the president of Kendall School of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan for ten years.

After retiring from academia, she served as a business consultant with the International Executive Service Corps in Eastern Europe, Russia, India and Nepal where she worked with women to improve their crafts and to use management techniques to increase their incomes. She also served as the Interim Executive Director of the National YWCA.

In her later career, Phyllis pursued theological studies and earned a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. While at Wesley she served as an intern at Faith Presbyterian Church and was ordained at Grace Episcopal Church in 2006. After her ordination she served as a hospital chaplain at the National Institute of Health, Sibley and George Washington University Hospitals in Washington, D.C. where she ministered to multi-cultural and multi-racial patients until 2009.

Phyllis was also an accomplished artist who exhibited her abstract paintings throughout the U.S. and in Paris, France and Malmo Sweden.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to local arts organizations in support of arts education in public schools.