Tribute to Great Yarmouth woman who found solace in the sea

Phyllis Zizulka sitting on a bench.

Phyllis Zizulka was a resident of Great Yarmouth until she moved to the US with her husband Edward. - Credit: Submitted

A Great Yarmouth resident who left for the United States in 1950 has died at the age of 87.

Phyllis Jennie Zizulka, nee Chambers, died on June 13 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mrs Zizulka was born to Albert and Maggie Chambers in Great Yarmouth on January 28, 1934.

Mrs Zizulka was a competitive hurdler and spent much time swimming in the North Sea as a teenager.

When she was 16, Mrs Zizulka met her future husband, the "Connecticut Yankee" Edward Zizulka.

Phyllis Zizulka posing for a photograph.

Phyllis Zizulka was a competitive hurdler in her youth. - Credit: Submitted

In America Mrs Zizulka worked as a nurse's aide and was a mother of four children: Jacqueline Lessard, Carolyn McKinnon, Tina Chambers and Edward Zizulka II.

In England she is survived by her nieces, Frances Parr and Margaret, their children and grandchildren.

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Daughter Tina said: "As a child, mom could see the ocean from her bedroom window in Great Yarmouth.

"She found solace listening to the sounds of the waves and the seagulls."