Phyllis Sambila

Phyllis Carla Sambila died Nov. 3, 2011, in Bonney Lake. She wast the age of 79.

She was born May 17, 1932, in Enumclaw to Carl and Alma Malatesta. She attended local schools and graduated from White River High in 1950. On Christmas Eve of 1951 she married Gary T. Sambila, also of Enumclaw. They have lived in Buckley since 1957. She was an active career woman who worked at Boeing, First National Bank of Enumclaw and as a medical receptionist at Enumclaw Medical Center, where she retired after 38 years. Most evenings she was found working in her gardens. She also enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and attending sporting events and camping trips with her family.

She is survived by her husband Gary T. Sambila; children Gary Ty Sambila and wife Bonnie of Buckley, Pamela Poste and husband Michael of Auburn, Wash., and Vint Turner and wife Laura of Glenns Ferry, Idaho; brother Houston Malatesta and wife Fay; sisters Lois Laush George and husband John of Enumclaw and Arlene Parkin of Black Diamond; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brother-in-law Larry Laush and nephew Cary Jay Laush.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Weeks’ Funeral Home in Buckley.

All are invited to sign the online guest book at

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