ROBERTS — Phyllis J. Walters, 82, of Gibson City, formerly of Roberts, died at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2015) at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex.
Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Nov. 3, at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Roberts with the Rev. Priscilla Gerdes officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts, next to her husband and son.
Phyllis was born Jan. 22, 1933, in Gilman, the third daughter of Philip and Grace (Devore) Gagnon. She married Doyle “Fuzzy” Walters on Dec. 22, 1951, in Gilman; he died Jan. 3, 2008. She is survived by two daughters, Ann (Larry) Gudenrath, Tolono, and Donna (Maurice) Daniels, Paxton; daughter-in-law, Judy Walters, Paxton; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Philip, on Aug. 21, 2004, and two sisters.
Phyllis was a 1950 graduate of Gilman High School. After her marriage, she worked many years at the Gibson Area Hospital and the Annex. She retired from the Ford-Iroquois Special Education Cooperative in Gilman in 1998. Earlier this year, she reluctantly moved from her home of 58 years, in Roberts, to an apartment in Gibson City, which she came to love.
Some of her favorite things were spending time with her grand- and great grandkids, as well as her friends. She belonged to the same canasta card club for more than 50 years and also enjoyed a weekly game of euchre up until her diagnosis in August. Her other interests were reading, movies, travel, going out to eat and doing crossword puzzles.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Annex, who took incredibly compassionate and loving care of her after her original diagnosis, as well as her ultimate return this week for her last days of life.
The family wishes to express a most sincere thank you to the Annex staff for treating their mom as though she were their very own family. There could have been no better care given to their mom.