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“John and Sherry, You have our deepest sympathy on the passing of John's mother. We are sorry that we were not aware of it and missed the funeral. ...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Mike & Vickie Patramanis - Moline, IL

“Tom and I have fond memories of Phyllis & Dick and will miss them both dearly. Our sincerest prayers go out to each and every family member involved...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Pamela Greiner - Moline, IL

“To the family of Phyllis: Phyllis was a wonderful women to know and a blessing to have as a neighbor. We will miss her and the gracious chats we...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Chuck and Paulette Oltman - IL

“The Rives kids send love and prayers to Barbara, John, Jody and families. We are comforted by knowing our mothers are together in heaven and have...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Carol Rives Johnson - Springfield, VA

“Barbara, John, Jody and families... We remember, with thanksgiving, the support of Phyllis and DickWilliams to our ministry in Moline from 1978 to...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Wayne and June Hess - Franklin, IL

“Phyllis was one of my favorite mentors in the Veterinary Auxiliary to the ISVMA in the later decades of 1900. We have kept in contact by Christmas...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Doris B. Brown - Ames, Iowa, IA

“Phyllis and Dick Williams are two of the best people we've know. We will always remember them and always treasure our freindship with them. They...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Laurie and Bill Zelnio

“Our thoughs and prayers are with you. As your fmaily gathers may many good memories be shared. Blessings, Anne, Gregg, Liz and Christina ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Anne Fisher adn Gregg Dana - IL

“To the family of Phyllis Williams, I was saddened to hear of the death of Phyllis. My husband, Bill Welty D.V.M. worked for Dick and Jim from the...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Rosalie Welty - Phoenix, AZ

“Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Phyllis was very welcoming to us when our son Peter married Kari. She always sent us a personal note with...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Jan Wenker - Mendota Heights, MN

“Deepest Sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I will never forget Phyllis & what an extraordinary...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Greg, Stephanie & Kate Rohman - IL

“Sharon and I want to express our sympathy to Phyllis's family. Phyllis was a joy to know. She was never afraid to state her opinion on a subject! ...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: David Smith - East Moline, IL


Phyllis M. Williams, age 87, of East Moline, died Saturday, August 20, 2011, at Trinity Pathway Hospice, Bettendorf.

A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2011, at Riverside United Methodist Church, Moline, followed by a visitation and reception at the church. Private family interment will be at Moline Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Women's Cunningham Children's Home or Trinity Pathway Hospice, Terrace Park.

Phyllis was born June 7, 1924, in Preston, Minnesota, the daughter of Nathaniel John and Clara Estelle Engrav Martin. She graduated from West Union High School in Iowa in 1942 and attended Iowa State College in Ames. She joined the U.S. Army Cadet Nurse Corp in 1943. Phyllis graduated from the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, MN in 1946. She married Richard Carroll "Dick" Williams on November 3, 1946, at the First Presbyterian Church in West Union, IA. The couple moved to Ames and Phyllis worked as a private duty nurse at the Mary Greeley Hospital while her husband finished Veterinary School. The couple moved to Moline in 1949.

Phyllis was an active member of the Riverside United Methodist Church and many other community organizations. She was past president of the Auxiliary to the Mississippi Valley Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, John Deere Junior High School PTA, PEO Chapter IS, Riverside United Methodist Women, Newcomer's Club and Illini Hospital Auxiliary. She was a past district representative of the Cunningham Children's Home, Urbana, IL and program chair of the Moline Women's Club.
Phyllis enjoyed many hobbies, especially contract and duplicate bridge.

Survivors
Children Barbara (David) Gaffron
John (Sherry) Williams
Jody (Paul) Berberet
Grandchildren Rachel (William) Dana
Elizabeth Gaffron
Kari Williams (Peter Wenker)
Natalie Berberet
Kathryn Berberet
Great Grandchildren Henry Dana, Charlotte Dana, Freja Wenker & Johan Wenker
Many nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her husband on January 13, 2008, her parents and her sister Lois M. Klein.