Phyllis Jean Di Maio 1946-2010 Longtime resident of Redondo Beach, Phyllis J. Di Maio, 63, lost her long battle with cancer on May 12, 2010. Phyllis was the eldest daughter born to Anthony and Beatrice Di Maio of Shawnee Mission, Kansas on October 22, 1946. She spent her formative years in Kansas, and after completing her degree at Kansas University, began flying for Pan American World Airways in 1969. Phyllis then moved to California, continuing to fly for Pan Am until she joined United Airlines in 1986. Phyllis is survived by her sister Janet Di Maio, brother Stephen Di Maio, aunt and uncle Roger and Barbara Provost, and a loving Pan Am and United family. Funeral Mass will be at St. James Church, Redondo Beach on May 21 at 2:00 pm. Visitation will be at White & Day Mortuary, Redondo Beach, on May 20 from 5 pm until 9pm. Donations in lieu of flowers should be sent to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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  1. Phyllis traveled the world with us and made our journeys lighter and brighter. Special condolences to all the Pan Am family who loved seeing her name on the crew list. I was sad to hear of her passing. Lina Dixon

  2. Phyllis will be missed by all of her friends. I was so happy to get to know her when I lived in California. My deepest sympathy to the family. Sincerely, Linda Knox

  3. I loved flying with Phyllis. She was a true lady. I am grateful that I was able to spend Sunday evening May 9th with her and read many lovely cards that were sent to her. May she rest in peace. We will miss her so very much.

  4. Phyllis and I flew together often in the 1970’s; it was always great to see her name on the crew list. We left Pan Am and reconnected at the Curry luncheons. Again, it was always such a pleasure to be around Phyllis, who always looked after others. In the last year we talked a lot. Such a loss, yet such a gift to us all who knew and loved her. My sincere condolences to her family, as well as her Pan Am family and especially to the angels who looked after her for so long.

  5. I was sad to learn of Phyllis’ passing. I remember Phyllis as a very kind and compassionate person. She was always quick to help those of us who were new to the line or needed some kind of help. She will be remembered by all of us in LA…may she rest in peace.

  6. It’s been many years since I saw Phyllis, but I’ll always remember her bright smile and pleasant personality. My condolences to her family.

  7. My family will always remember you in our prayers. We know that you are now in the hands of our Almighty God.

  8. I am so sorry that I will be out of the country at the time of the memorial. Phyllis was such a special person. I knew her over many years to be kind, positive, and helpful to all. She carried a heavy burdern with her parents decline and with a brother and sister with special needs. Still, she remained positive, kind and hopeful. I feel privileged to have known her and am so sorry that out of country travel prevent me from being at her memorial.

  9. It was a pleasure to meet such a wonderful lady like you. You will surely be missed. To your family, our deepest sympathy. May you rest in peace.

  10. A flight with you, dear Phyllis, was always good due to your great sense of humor, kindness and hard work. Will always remember that particular trip to NRT! I’m glad you are at peace now after all your suffering. With love and thanks for the memories.

  11. We will miss our long phone conversations during the last few years. We lived a long ways apart and didn’t get together very many times but the phone kept us in touch. Now you can rest. Our love goes with you.

  12. What a joy to have known you! My day brightened when I saw you. I will miss you and your wonderful sense of humor and your beautiful smile.

  13. I will try not to shed to many tears for you as I know you are not suffering anymore. Phyllis, I know you will be greatly missed by Stephen, Janet and your CA family especially Barb, who we can not thank enough for being there and keeping us informed these last few months. I will always regret not getting together in CA as we had talked about it many times. Keep smiling everyone and live life to its fullest. That is what Phyllis would want.

  14. Dear Phyllis when you were on my flights I knew everything was going to be O.K. your positive attitude and sense of humor were unforgetable, you always gave 100% of yourself to our passengers wether they were rich or poor it did not matter to you, you showed the outmost care and compassion. Thank you for being there for my family, on happy occasions such as wedding or baptisms and in difficult times like my surgery. We love you Phyllis. Vaya con Dios! Rolando, Elena Cervantes and Family

  15. I am very sadden to hear of you passing. It is so true that saying, ‘Good Die Young’. Phyllis was a wonderful person who cared about everyone. No more suffering for you. We will all miss your pretty smiles and laghters. Until we meet again, may you rest in peace! Love from All Pan Am and United Friends. Grace Shintaku

  16. Sending ‘Loving Thoughts’ to her family. Phyllis was a dear, compassionate, hard working friend. She will be missed!

  17. Dearest Phyllis, We Honor and Celebrate your amazing Steadfast Courage Extradorinary Kindness to others Love and Generosity Devotion and Care of your Kansas family Self Sacrifice Loyalty and Enduring Friendships Wit, Sweet Spirit, Humility and Grace Professionalism and Dedication to forty years of service to Pan Am and United Airlines Zest for Life Phyllis, may you now rest peacefully in the arms of your Heavenly Father and may eternal life bring to you all your heart’s desires that you so richly deserve. You will always be remembered! Lovingly to my forever friend, Linda Ney

  18. Phyllis will be truly missed by all who were lucky enough to have know her. She was a truly wonderful, geniune person who was always a pleasure to be around. She will make heaven a better place.

  19. Phyllis was a remarkable, hard-working and compassionate flight attendant. She would be missed. My deepest sympathy and sincere condolence to her family.

  20. Phyllis was a very nice person. She often came to my beauty salon to get a hair cut from me and I appreciated her for coming. I will miss her because she was one of the Pan Am family. My deepest sympathy to the Di Majo family. Mie Brechtelsbauer(Sugihara)

  21. Phillipa: As my family lovingly called you for the last forty years of our enduring friendship, I am here to send our deepest sympathy to your family. My dear friend: “May you Rest in Peace with the Lord and all the Angels in Heaven”. You will be missed, with love and sadness. Olanda

  22. I will miss you Dear Phyllis. You will always be remembered as a kind, loving person and reliable, fun coworker. Until we meet again. Rest in peace, with Love Always!

  23. Peace be with you, Phyllis! Your enormous smile lit up every room and air plane in which you were! Thank you for the wonderful chats in NRT and fun times around the world! Thank you for your loving, listening ear when we called one another! Thank you for hanging on until I could visit you! You always thought of others first! Prayers are with you and your family and friends! Miss you…auf wiedersehen! Please pray for us on earth still struggling to love!

  24. With a heavy heart I bid you farewell my dear friend of 40 plus years. Your steadfastness and strength has given others and myself the tenacity to forge ahead when times are tough. I will miss our long talks, and your smile. There is a higher calling for you and the Angels have summoned you. Be at peace as Mike, Ashley & I will always remember the times we’ve shared. Flo and family

  25. Iknow you are a such a wonderfull person pure & true inspirations & good example of Gods love in the world. All the thoughtfull words & kind things to all your friends. Thanks to Barbara. Your caregiver Pilar.

  26. My dear Phyllis, You have touched so many hearts around the world! I cannot thank you enough for the love, support, and long, long chats we shared during our chemo days. Your thoughts were always so uplifting. Thank you, Phyllis, for your contagious smile and the joy you exuded to all of us. Now… may you Rest in Peace and radiate that same joy in Heaven! Love, hugs, and kisses, Marty

  27. I loved flying Narita with Phyllis-she brought a big smile to my face. Everyone loved her. She will be truly missed. God has called another very special person to be with Him.

  28. Dear Phyllis, You were such an inspiration to me and everybody else that touched our lives. Your beautiful smile and hard work made you such a special person. You will be missed and may you rest in peace with the angels surrounding you. Love, Kerstin Braun

  29. Phyllis was my friend for 42 years and I am missing her. Even though we saw each other only 4-5 times a year,I valued our time togehter. She has been my hero these last 10 years…I pray God has you in the palm of His hand…Rest well Phyllis, Jody and Mike

  30. Phyllis was a good friend of mine at the Village, where we were neighbors. She always talked so fondly of all her Pan Am friends and her love of flying. After reading the guestbook entries, I can see it was mutual. Her smile was contagious; she was always interested in what you had to say and had a positive attitude no matter how she was feeling. She will be missed all who were lucky to know her.

  31. Phyllis, Thank you for the long steadfast friendship ever since we met in Miami training school. And thank you for showing me how to face difficult challenges gracefully and courageously with a smile on your face. You brought out the best in everyone you met by just being your natural self. I’ll miss your usual greeting when we meet, “Hi Kiddo, how you doing?” You have been in my prayers and will always be until we meet again. Be happy and at peace, you have earned it. Love, Tomoko

  32. I flew with Phyllis many times. She was such a hard worker and I often felt guilty sitting down. We went to Stonehenge in England while laying over in London and had a wonderful time.

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