Phyllis Ann Richards

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Phyllis Ann Richards

Funeral services for Phyllis Ann Richards, 65, of Decatur, Neb., were held Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, 10:30 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ Decatur Restoration Branch, Decatur, Neb. Rev. Dale Smith, High Priest, and Gene Smith, Elder officiated the service.

Emily Beaton was the vocalist. Ethelyn Brewer was the organist.

Casket bearers were: Ryan Ferguson, Keith Madsen, Kevin Madsen, Ken Madsen, Nick Crowley and Robby Pickell.

Interment took place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Decatur, Neb.

Phyllis Ann (Ferguson) Richards was born in Lyons, Neb., March 19, 1944, to Burt and Maxine (Johnson) Ferguson. She passed away Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at her residence in Decatur, Neb., at the age of 65 years.

Phyllis was raised on her parents' farm west of Decatur. She graduated from Decatur High School in 1962. In 1981 she earned a degree in Marketing and Retail Sales from Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, Ia.

On April 7, 1963, Phyllis married Bob Richards in Decatur. To this union three children were born, Nancy, Karen and Rod.

Phyllis stayed in the Decatur area her entire life. She worked outside the home very little and was dedicated to making a home for her husband and children, helping with Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and serving as a Girl Scout Leader for many years. She loved gardening, sewing and crafts, and working with Bob on various construction projects including most recently, their home on the south edge of Decatur. In the past few years, she and Bob had purchased a camper and were able to enjoy many outings with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Maxine Ferguson.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Bob of Decatur; daughters: Nancy and her husband, Brian of Spencer, Ia, and Karen and her companion, Tracey of Spencer, Ia; son, Rod and his wife, Gayle of Seward, Neb.; 12 grandchildren: Zach, Abe, Caleb, Nate, Tyler, Brad, Avery, Joe, Cody, Stacie, Martin and Sarita; four great-grandchildren: Jacob, Bryan, Cayden and Gracie; four sisters: Jeanette Madsen of Turin, Ia., Joyce O'Connell of, Sharon Evans of Amazonia, Mo., and Leona Weber of Mapleton, Ia., and their families; and many friends.

Memorials may be given to Burgess Hospice or the donor's choice.

Pelan Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.