She was born April 30, 1919, to Lloyd and Ruth Matthew in Sabula, Iowa.
Sabula is a small island town of 800 people in the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. Mom always talked about her childhood growing up in this small town. One of her favorite stories was how her Grandma carried a coin purse in her apron pocket and every time mom went to visit her, she gave mom a nickel. Mom married Lloyd (Mac) McMahon on February 14, 1940.
Coincidentally, our dad Lloyd was named after mom’s dad. Phyllis and Mac had four children: Leanne, Loran, Phil, and Laurie.
Mom was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Lloyd. She is survived by her four children, Leanne (Bob) Parsons of Roswell, N.M., Loran (Louise) McMahon of Roswell NM, Phil (Mary) McMahon, of Boulder, CO, and Laurie Whittle, of Boise, ID.
She also is survived by her grandchildren: Robin, Brad, Bobby, Garrett, Matthew, Tina Patrick, Chris, and Nicole.
She has numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
We want to say a special thank you to the staff on the Rehab Wing of Life Care Center of Treasure Valley in Boise, Idaho and to Legacy Hospice in Boise, Idaho along with Dr. Fender, for making mom’s last couple of months as comfortable for her as was possible and for the support and comfort that they gave us during mom’s stay at the care center.
We are having a memorial service for Phyllis at Aldersgate Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, with a reception following at the home of Leanne and Bob Parsons.