On Thanksgiving Day Phyllis Elaine Evans peacefully gave up her battle after a two-year fight with lung disease. She was surrounded by her children and grandchildren when she left to be with her Lord in Heaven on Nov. 22, 2012. “You will be missed but never forgotten; always in our hearts, souls and love. You made the world a better place for all of us.”
Phyllis was the firstborn child of Charles and Betty Smith, born Feb. 25, 1941, at the Hood River Memorial Hospital. She spent most of her 71 years young in the Hood River Valley area.
She was a very well-known beautician who had finally completed her dream of being a beautician at the age of 35. Everyone who knew Phyllis would say and will still say that she had the most gorgeous eyes and smile. She had a witty humor just like Lucille Ball.
Phyllis wasn’t rich in material things, but she gave her children and grandchildren a gift of love, compassion, caring and thoughtfulness. She loved to cook and bake and her delicious chocolate chip cookies were a special treat.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church and loved the Lord her God and Savior. Christmas and Thanksgiving were always a big time for her family — she would spend hours baking and cooking everyone’s favorites.
Phyllis was truly a beautiful person inside and out her presence and love will be dearly missed. She is survived by her mother, Betty Smith; children, Michael (and Sherry) Nunley, Shelly (and Julio) Carbajal and Veronica McCrea; grandchildren: Alicia Nunley, Mathew Preston, Craig McCrea and Alex Nunley; great-grandchild Brayden Nunley; brother, Dennis Smith; numerous nieces, nephews, distant family and a host of friends she has collected over the years.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles, and grandparents, Erling and Lydia Olson.
A celebration of Phyllis’ life is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000.
Donations for the family may be set aside at Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Phyllis’ family would like to thank Brenda, Jan and Patrick with Providence Hospice of the Gorge, and Bill Broderick, special care-giver, for all of their care and compassion during her departure from this world to Heaven.
Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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