Phyllis graduated from St. Francis High School in 1947. She started working at JC Penney in St. Francis and then the ASC office in Cheyenne county. After moving to Hutchinson, Phyllis worked in the catalog department at Sears, then for DCI, before becoming the head cook at Prosperity School for 17 years. She was an avid reader who enjoyed golfing and traveling, and loved spending time with her family. Phyllis was known as a ‘Universal Grandma’ to all children, and especially as ‘GiGi’ to her great-grandchildren. When Phyllis and Ray moved to Hutchinson in 1958, they became members of Northminster Presbyterian Church (now New Covenant Presbyterian Church), where she was active teaching Sunday school and leading Bible studies.
On June 7, 1951, Phyllis married Radean ‘Ray’ C. Reade in St. Francis. They shared 67 years of marriage. He survives.
Also surviving are: sons, Ronald L. Reade (Karen) and Mark A. Reade, all of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Katie Comer (Jeff), Buhler, Kevin Reade (Sarah), Hutchinson, Troy Reade (Kassie) Gladstone, MO, Baylee Reade, New Braunfels, TX; great-grandchildren, Kellen and Jensen Comer, William, Elizabeth, and Jackson Reade, Finley Reade; sisters, Betty Lukas, Wray, CO, Darlene Burr, Bird City, KS; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; great-grandson, Benjamin Reade; and sister, Shirley Gorman.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 700 E. 25th Ave., Hutchinson, with the Reverend Craig Waetke officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Elliott Mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to ‘Reade With Me’ or the church, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.