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Phyllis Livers

Phyllis E. Livers, 86, of Normal, passed away at 9:06 a.m. Monday (Dec. 3, 2018) at Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Ariz., after suffering an unexpected heart attack.

There will be a funeral in Illinois, followed by a funeral and burial in Kansas.

On Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Bloomington, the Rev. David Glesne will officiate. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the church.

On Dec. 17, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Waterville, Kan., Sister Mary Arie will officiate. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the church. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Waterville, Kan.

In Phyllis' honor, please wear blue, teal or any other bright color to the service. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is handling arrangements.

Phyllis was born March 24, 1932, in Waterville, Kan., to G. Howard and Mildred Geneva Ricard Taplin. She married the love of her life David L. Livers May 20, 1951, in Waterville. At the time of his death, they had celebrated nearly 65 years of marriage. Their long marriage and the love they shared are a wondrous example for us all.

She is survived by her four loving children, Daniel Livers, Normal; Cynthia (John) Weidig, Springfield; Stefanie (Wade) Kuefer, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Jeffrey Livers, Phoenix. She is also survived by six extremely devoted grandchildren, Robyn, Emily, Wesley, Kirk, Nicole and Rachel, along with two great-grandbabies she loved to call her “critters and rascals” and her beautiful kitty, Joy Blue. Phyllis is survived by her younger sister, Faye (William) Kennedy, Manhattan, Kan., and two sisters-in-law, Doris (Bob) Blair, Slater, Iowa, and Jean (John) Hamilton, Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Glenn (Judy) Taplin, Collinsville, and Gail (Jeaneen) Taplin, Abilene, Kan. She will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Phyllis' life is best celebrated remembering her generous and thoughtful spirit. She was the most loving mother and grandmother and the strong leader of a strong family. The love-filled loyalty she practiced for decades with family, friends, St. John's Lutheran Church and neighbors will undoubtedly be felt by and carried in the hearts of many, even though she has now passed on to Heaven and leaves us behind, dearly missing her. All who knew her well, know that Phyllis was joyful, loved a good joke, and was quick to see the sunny-side of life. She loved to be busy and spent her days imagining how she could be helpful and then taking those actions, and attending her weekly gatherings — Kaffehuset, TOPS, WW's meal after Saturday church, Panera group, church circle, and an art class and Bible study in Arizona.

Phyllis grew up on a beautiful farm in Kansas, was a child during the Great Depression and a young lady during World War II. She carried the lessons in perseverance that formed her during this time throughout her life. Being frugal and content with sufficiency was a hallmark of her life. These lessons, and many others, will be lovingly remembered and practiced by her children and grandchildren.

Phyllis graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in home economics, and she taught elementary school for several years. Her cooking skills, wonderful recipes, and delightful meals will be missed by the many who had been able to enjoy them. She made it look so easy….

Phyllis had been writing her life story and finished it last week, 27 pages. The last line in her memoir, and written by her in all caps, sums up her wonderful life: “My family and what happens to each and every one is what makes life great for me.” Her last words on Monday morning were “Be strong.” We will be, Mom.

In lieu of flowers, we are confident Phyllis would appreciate any memorial contributions being made to the local Home Sweet Home Ministries and the local Salvation Army.

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