Her spirit returned to the universe, July 17, 2019, at age 80. Phyllis was born in Cambridge, Mass., grew up in South Berwick, and lived and raised children with her ex-husband Charles Levine in Sharon and Duxbury, Mass. Though Duxbury beach was very dear to her, she returned to her beloved coast of Maine to live in Chamberlain for the past 30 years.
She was well known for the wild lupines growing in her front yard, and the porch where she welcomed many friends and neighbors. She loved conversations about books and ideas, the natural world and all the arts.
Phyllis was a painter and sculptor, working in watercolor and acrylic, ceramics, and sculptural assemblage. Her work has been shown and sold in galleries and other venues throughout New England.
Phyllis was also a dedicated library and museum worker and volunteer at the Bristol Area Library, Round Top Community Arts Center, Duxbury Art Complex where she was a docent and curatorial assistant, and Duxbury elementary school libraries. She loved helping children and adults to find a good book and to learn about the visual arts. She also joined the Pemaquid Poets and was published in their journal, as well as in the Off the Coast poetry journal.
She is survived by her children, Peter Wildvine of Santa Cruz, Calif., Cynthia Levine of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Jayson Levine of Woonsocket, R.I.; granddaughter, Sofia Wildvine of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and her sister, Marcia Jacyna of Adna, Wash. She is predeceased by her parents, Julian and Anna Jacyna of South Berwick; and brother, Robert Jacyna of Garden City, Utah.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bristol Area Library, P.O. Box 173, New Harbor, ME 04554.
A celebration of life gathering will be held Sunday, Aug. 25 at 12 p.m. at the Long Cove Point Association, Long Cove Point Road, Chamberlain.