Phyllis Weiss

Phyllis Weiss

American Quarter Horse Association life member Phyllis Weiss died March 23.

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Phyllis Weiss passed away on March 23, in Reno, Nevada, just shy of her 95th birthday. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, AQHA Past President Howard Weiss, and three children, Wendy Weiss Lee, Michael Weiss (Kim Brown) and Nancee Weiss Siebert (Jeff Siebert). Phyllis was a beloved mother, devoted sister, loving grandmother, doting great-grandmother and loving mother-in-law.

Phyllis was born in Hebron, New Hampshire. She later lived in Boston. Phyllis and Howard married in 1949 and made their way from Boston to California, with a short time spent in Cleveland, Ohio. They lived for many years in Southern California before eventually moving to Reno. Her love for animals was first directed toward raising and breeding miniature toy fox terriers. Years later, she and Howard purchased a gelding named "Reno" for their daughter, Nancee, and this led to decades of involvement with horses, primarily American Quarter Horses.

Phyllis became a life member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Alongside her husband, Howard, she was a successful breeder of quality American Quarter Horses. Her trophy-winning gelding, Registered Male, won many awards, including high-point junior western pleasure. Among the various coveted titles she received, Phyllis was high-point breeder of California American Quarter Horses.

Phyllis’ family and friends mourn her sudden passing and will miss her dearly. The family anticipates holding a celebration of life, with details to be announced later. Read the full obituary here.