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GIFFORD, Phyllis Phyllis Gifford, at the age of 95, passed away on October 8th. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to all who knew her. She joined the love of her life, her husband of 72 years. They were separated in death by just 19 days. A Celebration of her life will be held Thursday, October 20th at 4:00 in the chapel at First United Methodist Church of Richardson. Phyllis Lucile Sherrill was born August 11, 1921 in Waterloo, Iowa to Elmer & Dorothy Sherrill. She graduated from West Waterloo High School in 1938 and Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa in 1943. She married Wayne Gifford on February 5, 1944, while he was on a short furlough from the army. She taught in a school outside of Whittier, CA while Wayne was in the army. When World War II was over, they settled in Waterloo, Iowa where their three children were born. In 1957, Wayne was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska and then to Richardson, TX in 1963. Phyllis began playing the violin in the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and continued for twenty years. In 1964, she started the orchestra program for Richardson ISD. She retired from teaching orchestra in 1977 when she and her husband Wayne began their yearly trips throughout the United States. They had fun taking grandchildren and friends with them to see all the beautiful sights in our great country. They were active members of First United Methodist Church of Richardson since 1963. Phyllis loved doing ceramics and making lots of gifts for friends and loved ones. For years, she made sequin calendars for every family group. Phyllis loved her family and friends and loved planning special times. She was the queen of birthdays and organizer for get-togethers with family and friends. Phyllis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wayne, her son, Craig, and her three brothers-Dale Sherrill, Ross Sherrill, and Max Sherrill. She is survived by her daughter and husband, Janet & John Ebey, son and wife, Rex & Pamela Gifford; daughter-in-law, Laurie Gifford, seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, and 5 step great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080 or The Parks Church Melissa, PO Box 33, Melissa, TX 75454. Please leave family condolences at www.AriaCremation.com
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