Phyllis Oviatt Willson, a former resident of Salt Lake City, died of cancer on November 24, 1994 at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia.

She was born March 12, 1921 in Parker, Idaho, a daughter of Birdie Henrietta Karlson and Wilford Oviatt. Mrs. Willson attended Idaho State University. She was a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and the Utah Historical Society, and a noted family genealogist and historian. A lifelong member of the LDS Church, she served in various positions in the Relief Society, Young Womens, Primary and the genealogical organizations and helped make it possible for two of her grandsons to serve LDS Missions.Mrs. Willson is survived by her two daughters, Donna Upchurch, of Columbia, South Carolina; and Marsha Branca, of Salt Lake City, Utah; two brothers, Karl Oviatt, of Dallas, Texas; and Clifford Oviatt, of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee and Lady Lake, Florida; five grandchildren, Rob and Renn Upchurch, of Columbia, South Carolina; Doug and Brian Hogan, of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Brent Hogan, currently of the Kentucky Louisville Mission. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Willson, her husband, Woodrow Wilson, and two brothers, Earl and Leo Oviatt.

Mrs. Willson was a great lady who was much treasured and admired by her family and friends.

Memorial services were held in North Augusta, South Carolina, with interment at Pineview Memorial Cemetery in North Augusta.

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