In memory of
Phyllis Jean Montgomery Grimland
Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Phyllis Jean Montgomery Grimland, went home to Heaven on February 10, 2017. She was born in Denver, Colorado on August 15, 1924 to Lillian Gay and William Wesley Montgomery. Phyllis grew up in Fort Worth, Texas where she graduated from Arlington Heights High School and attended Texas Christian University. Phyllis' relationship with John Martin Grimland, Jr., the love of her life, began with a date to the Armistice Day Parade on November 11, 1946 in Fort Worth. At the time, Phyllis was an airline stewardess with Delta Airlines, giving her off hours to do volunteer work with the Red Cross Corps. John had completed his military service as Lieutenant, U.S.N.R. in the Navy, and had begun his accounting career in Fort Worth. Within a year of that first date, they were married and living in Midland where they both continued to reside throughout their lifetimes. Phyllis immersed herself in motherhood, charitable activities, and in her church. Both Phyllis and John attended the same Sunday school class at First United Methodist Church their entire married life and upon John's death in 1995, Phyllis continued to attend Sunday school and support her church. Both Phyllis and John were staunch supporters of Texas Christian University. John was a member of the Board of Trustees for 18 years and Phyllis received the T.C.U. Addison & Randolph Clark Society Sustainer Award. Phyllis and John also were active in Optimist Club International and traveled over 10,000 miles together throughout the United States when John was president in 1962 to 1963. Full of energy and enthusiasm, Phyllis always took an active interest in both her husband's and her children's activities, and amazingly, still found time for her own pursuits. She taught Sunday school and was a Girl Scout Leader when her children were growing up. She was a charter member and past president of the Jayceettes, instigator, charter member and past president of the Optimisses Club, member and past president of the Emamie Book Review and Study Club, past president and member of The Midland Garden Club and the Rake and Spade Garden Club. She was a charter member and active member of the Symphony Guild for 25 years. An avid gardener and cook, she was also an artist who enjoyed giving her oil paintings of flowers and landscapes to family and friends. A relaxed and gracious hostess, Phyllis loved to entertain and make new friends. With a warm, outgoing personality paired with a caring spirit, Phyllis was well known for delivering her homemade bread, cookies, or preserves when anyone was new to the neighborhood, was sick, or had a death in the family. Her happiest times were those spent with family and friends, especially family cook-outs, vacations, and holidays. Phyllis was beautiful inside and out. Many people told Phyllis that she was so beautiful that she resembled the actresses Hedy Lamarr or Elizabeth Taylor. Her beauty ran deep, and continued throughout her lifetime, of blessing people with her active interest and love for her family, charitable causes, friends and church. Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Diane Glaske and husband Lee; daughter, Donna Bruno; daughter, Gayle Dean and husband Dr. Paul Dean; granddaughter, Brittany Bruno and husband Austin Denson; granddaughter, Michelle Dean; and granddaughter, Rachel Dean. A celebration of Phyllis' life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017 at The First United Methodist Church Chapel in Midland. All services are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com .
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