Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Phyllis Queen Memorial
Phyllis Queen Memorial

Phyllis Queen

Phyllis Queen

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

Phyllis L. Queen, 82, of Sedro-Woolley, WA, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, March 17th, 2022, surrounded by her family.

Phyllis was born on March 24th, 1939, to Melvin and Louise (Bryant) Johnson, in Sedro-Woolley, WA, where she grew up with her three siblings, playing in the fields of their grandparent’s farm along the Skagit River.

On December 12th, 1957, Phyllis married her husband of 57 years, Ernest (Ernie) Queen, and went on to raise their three children, on the same farm that Phyllis grew up on.

Phyllis enjoyed spending her days painting ceramics, creating elegant floral arrangements, and for many years, she attended holiday bazaars to share her creations with the community.

Her favorite place to be was home on the farm, surrounded by her family. She enjoyed cooking, and hosting every holiday or family get-together. You could always count on the smell of homemade biscuits to great you as you walked through the door; and a handful of grandchildren (and great-grandchildren, too)! It was her pride and joy to share that the school bus stopped in front of her house for over four decades.

Phyllis was known for her tales of life growing up on the farm. She would beam ear to ear sharing stories of fishing off the bank for Sunday dinners with her grandmother, and climbing the tallest trees with her brothers and sister.

In the spring and summer, there were two other places you could find Phyllis; in the garden with an apron full of beans, or on the road with her husband Ernest and his band, Queen’s Bluegrass, traveling to bluegrass festivals across the Pacific Northwest.

As the matriarch of our family, she helped raise each one of us, and guide us in our relationship with the Lord. Her faith was strong and everlasting. It was her faith in Christ that surrounded her in peace and comfort throughout the last seven years leading our family on her own, since the passing of her husband, and her subsequent battle with cancer. Through it all, she remained strong in her fight for health, as well as keeping a positive and faithful heart.

Phyllis is survived by her sister, Ellie & Dennis Bolen; children, Dale & Grace Queen and Loretta Edson; grandchildren, James & Ashley McMullen, Brittany Queen, Ashlee Edson, Susan Queen, Sherilyn Queen, Gwen & Brian Lee; great-grandchildren, Hayden, Delilah, Riley, Malachi, Mary Jo, Jeremiah, Paizlee and Yenna; numerous extended family members, as well as her beloved lap dogs, Daisy and Brindy, who never left her side.

She is preceded by her husband, Ernest Queen; daughter, Lonna (Queen) McMullen; grandson, Travis McMullen; parents, Melvin & Louise (Bryant) Johnson; twin brothers, Walter & Winston “Wink” Johnson; grandparents, Albert & Mabel Johnson.

Phyllis will be laid to rest beside her husband Ernest at Union Cemetery, Sedro-Woolley in a private family service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The NOAH Center of Stanwood.  Please share your memories of Phyllis and sign the online guest register.


  • Joyce Queen Roper

    I have fond memories of my mother and I, and her friend Nina Corn going to visit Phyllis and her family on the farm, I remember them vividly having big dogs that would greet us as we pulled in, ( farm dogs I am sure) and I was terrified of dogs, but other than that we always had a great visit. My thoughts and prayers will be with the family. I am the youngest child of Juanita and L.G Queen.

  • Charlie and Bertie ( Bryson) Weik

    Lifting up Prayers for my Precious Cousins in the loss of your Beautiful Mama , Aunt Phyllis was a Beautiful Precious Aunt who was dearly loved, I loved her sweet laughter and smiles and her love of our Uncle Ernest, I loved her stories of growing up and the history of her family in the Skagit Valley, her love of the farm and I loved her handiwork and how She loved the Lord and her Family, I know she is enjoying Heaven , but we will miss her so until we see her again in Heaven, so Grateful for Her life ❤️🙏🎁

  • Arlene Grimbly

    I will surely miss this lady and the times I spent with her and my grandma Corne. My prayers are with the family.

  • Arlene Grimbly

    Phyllis, was a part of my life growing up. Her and my grandma Corne would always tell stories about their younger years and a lot of them would make me laugh. I will miss her. Prayers for the family.

  • Elizabeth A Holland

    Phyllis I know you are with Earnst now back making that music I grew up listening to and going with mom and dad to listen to ya all. Give my dad/ mom big hugs. Prayers are with the family. You were a wonderful woman and patient as all get out with Loretta and myself haha. God Bless Elizabeth Holland *puddin*


    Sorry to hear of Phyliss passing on. Her husband sang at my dads funeral. From the Jim price family of Lyman.

  • Janet Norman

    Loved this lady… a big part of our growing up years in Washington. So much fun. Visited their farm many times – was so glad I got to see her my last trip there. JoAnn, Diana and I send our love to the family – prayers for Dale and the rest of the family – So sad to hear of this.