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Catherine “Joyce” Wiskeman-Phillips, retired teacher, former PWC Library Board chairman

Catherine “Joyce” Wiskeman-Phillips, 75, of Bristow, VA, a former chairman of the Prince William County Board and a retired Prince William County teacher who taught at Tyler Elementary and Coles Elementary, passed away on Nov. 17, 2018 after a brief illness.

She served 18 years on the Prince William County Library Board and was the chair for 17 of those years.  Two years ago, the Prince William Library at Independent Hill dedicated an outdoor pavilion in her name.

Joyce graduated from Bridgewater College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She earned her master’s degree in school administration at the University of Virginia. Joyce was an elementary teacher for 38 years.

She began her elementary teaching career in Augusta County Public Schools, where she taught for three years before moving to Manassas to work for Prince William County Schools for the remainder of her career.  She worked at Tyler Elementary in Haymarket and Coles Elementary School in Manassas.

During her lifelong career as an educator, she served as President of the Prince William County Teachers Federation.  She was a fierce advocate for teachers and paraprofessionals her entire career.

She is predeceased by her parents, Clifford A. and Catherine L. Wiskeman and survived by brothers C. Lawrence Wiskeman and wife Carol of Westminster, MD, Robert Wiskeman and wife Nancy of Harrisonburg, VA. She is also survived by nieces, Laura Anne Wiskeman of Albuquerque, NM; Heather Wiskeman-Bowers and husband Robert of Woodstock, VA; nephew Bryan Wiskeman and wife Christy of Harrisonburg, VA and formerly of Fairbanks, AK; cousin Marjorie Burdette and husband Stanley of Baltimore, MD and lifelong friends Ann Combo and Donna Callis of Manassas, VA.

A private burial will take place in Westminster, MD.  In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Prince William County Library System Foundation. Please make checks out to P.W.C.L.S.F. and note Joyce Phillips Memorial Fund on memo line. Mail to PO Box 502, Occoquan, VA 22125.

Arrangement were handled by Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, Westminster, MD. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.prittsfuneralhome.com .

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