Phyllis (St Louis) Magnus | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

Phyllis (St. Louis) Magnus, 83, of 58 Saranac Lane, died May 27 at Adirondack Medical Center.

Phyllis grew up in Canton on a dairy farm.

Her lifelong journey began in Canton. She graduated from Canton High School in 1956. In 1963 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University. She next went to Boston University School of Theology to receive her Masters of Divinity in 1966 from the University of Maryland, where she earned her Masters in Social Work in 1976.

Phyllis had a long career as a licensed clinical social worker, beginning her work as Secretary of Education for the Unitarian Universalists in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Oakton, Virginia, where she counseled individuals and families and was responsible for community relations from 1966 to 1971 In 1983 she had an extremely active career as a social worker in Baltimore, Maryland, focused on youth welfare, alcohol and drug use, and the hearing impaired.

She returned to the North Country in 1983. She had a brief stint as director of the Family Support Network for St. Lawrence County. Her North Country services included: 1984-1986 director of the family program for St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center; St. Lawrence County Health/Psychiatric Services, 1986-1988; 1988-1998 Associate Director of Saranac Lake Clinic and Adjunct Services; clinical supervision for addiction treatment and recovery centers in St. Joseph, 2009 to 2010; Social Worker Peer Group Facilitator, for High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care, 2009 to 2011; Citizen Advocates, Inc., North Star Behavioral Health Service, 1988 to 2014.

She was a Unitarian Universalist pastor ordained in 1966 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was an active pastor in Baltimore, Maryland, where she consummated dozens of marriages. After returning to the North Country, she became active in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton and became good friends with the Rev. Max Coots. After moving to Saranac Lake, she became involved in the Unitarian Universalist Community there.

Phyllis was an active citizen. She worked with North Country Home Services, which provide home health care and support services to help people stay in their homes for as long as possible. She has also been active in the Saranac Lake Interfaith Food Pantry, North Country 350, Voters for Change and Planned Parenthood.

Phyllis has always been physically active. She would play tennis, golf, hike, kayak, and garden in the summer. She was an avid birder, active with native Adirondack birders and birders abroad. In the winter, she rolled with the Lake Placid Curling Club and competed locally and in Canada.

She was an avid traveler after her retirement. Her stays abroad took her to England, Northern Italy, Slovenia, Dordonne in France, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Yorkshire Dales in England, Cuba, the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica. In March of this year she was in Arizona with her frequent travel companion Betty Magnus.

She was born on April 28, 1939 in Potsdam to Avery and Nettie St. Louis.

She is survived by sisters Sharon (Peter) St. Louis Ricciardi of Tennessee and Linda St. Louis Clark of Canton, sister-in-law Helen Brigham St. Louis of Russell, stepdaughter Elizabeth Magnus, Wisconsin, granddaughter, Naomi Magnus, Wisconsin, and several nieces and nephews. She was deceased by her husband John Magnus, her parents Avery and Nettie St. Louis of Canton, her brother Vernon St. Louis, Russell and her stepson Jeff Magnus.

A memorial service and sharing time will be held on Wednesday, June 29 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Saranac Lake (57 Church St.).

Donations can be made to Adirondack Voters for Change: PO Box 988, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

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