Phyllis Rae Brown of Bourbon, MO, formerly California, MO, departed this life in Sullivan, MO, on April 18, 2017, having reached the age of seventy-nine years, seven months and twenty days. Phyllis was born in Richmond on August 28, 1937, daughter of Fred Miller VanPelt, known to all as Miller, and Carrie Frances VanPelt nee Frazier, known to all Frances. As a young woman she was united in marriage and blessed to have two sons.
Phyllis is survived by her sons, Tim Brown and wife, Sue, of Bourbon, MO and David Brown of Jefferson City, MO; by five grandchildren, Tara Brown and boyfriend, Jeff, of the state of IL, Staci Mantel and husband, Jason, of Bourbon, Deric Brown and wife, Bethany, of Jefferson City, Ravae Brown of Jefferson City and Kayla Brown of California; by one brother, Douglas VanPelt and wife, Connie, of Corvallis, OR; by one sister, Elaine Pitts and husband, Porky, of the State of CO; by nine great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Miller and Frances VanPelt.
Since moving to the Bourbon area to live with her son, Tim, Phyllis was a member and attending the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Sullivan, MO. As a young woman, she had begun her working career as an airline stewardess for Continental Airlines and later as a ticketing agent. After she had her children, Phyllis started her own cleaning service so she could make her own hours and always be available to care for her sons. Phyllis had grown up on a large farm and she continued to love gardening throughout her life, raising an abundance of produce as well as beautiful flowers. She was a care giver at heart and known and loved for her kind and nurturing personality. Her family was always her first priority and she was happiest when she was spending time with her children and grandchildren.
A devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.