Phyllis Irene Newell

Phyllis Irene Newell Phyllis Irene Newell, age 93, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Village Manor in Abilene, Kansas. She was born on April 28, 1925 in Coldwater, Kansas to Ralph Erle and Maude (Wolf) Jeffries, the youngest of five daughters.
Her early years were spent in Coldwater. Following her eighth grade graduation, the family moved to Stafford County. Phyllis attended schools in St. John and Stafford, graduating from Stafford High School with the class of 1943. She met Jimmie Lee Newell in high school; they were married on March 30, 1945.
Over the course of their married life, Jim and Phyllis purchased all the land that Jim’s grandfather had originally owned and passed on to his sons. In the early 1980s they expanded their farm and purchased land north of Stafford; this included a brick home that they renovated. They enjoyed living there until Jim’s death on May 15, 1995.
Phyllis remained in their home for another year and then moved to Abilene in 1996. She quickly developed lasting friendships and became active with many organizations in the Abilene community. As a member of the First United Methodist Church she enjoyed helping plan many Sunday school parties. She was also a beloved and dedicated volunteer for: Kennedy Elementary School, Abilene Public Library, Dickinson County Historical Society and the Smoky Valley Railroad.
She is survived by her daughters Meta West (Barry) of Abilene, Marlys Gardner (Richard) of Randolph, KS, and Marla Payne, Coppell, TX, granddaughter Erin Payne, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters - Loletha, Waunita, Olive, Betty and their spouses, her brother-in-law and sister in-law, Robert and Joan Newell, and her son-in-law, Steve Payne.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on January 26 at the First United Methodist Church, 601 N, Cedar, Abilene. Visitation will follow at the church. Internment and a graveside service will be at a later date at the Stafford Cemetery in Stafford, KS.
Memorial donations may be made to the Elsie Brooke Cancer Fund, Smoky Valley Railroad, or Abilene Public Library, in care of Danner Funeral Home, 501 N. Buckeye, Abilene, Kansas, 67410.

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