Phyllis Libolt Mitchel Lord

Phyllis Libolt Mitchel Lord

Phyllis Libolt Mitchel Lord, 85, passed away December 15, 2009, in her home in Medford, Ore. She battled cancer for about two years.

Phyllis was born in Wapato, Wash., on September 23, 1924. During her childhood years, the family moved to the Rogue Valley to work as farm laborers. Her school years were spent in Sams Valley and Central Point's Crater High.

In 1943 she married Budd Mitchel and they moved to the Lone Pine School area for their childrens' schooling. Phyllis was a homemaker first, even though she spent several years as a seamstress for dry cleaning establishments.

Phyllis loved to cook and she loved to sew. She loved having a neighbor over for 10 a.m. coffee and a cookie. She was a long, long-time member of the Lone Pine Extension Club. She also taught 4-H when her daughters were of school age. In more recent years, she united with her Sams Valley & Crater High friends in their Pointers group. Her church home was Rogue Valley Christian Church in Medford.

After Budd's death, she married William "Billy" Lord in 2003. Billy introduced her to the "snowbird life" and they spent their winters in Quartzsite, Ariz. At her prodding, Billy picked up his trumpet from yester years to play music with jam groups, both in Quartzsite and Medford.

Phyllis is also survived by two daughters; Georgia (Chuck) Henney of Burien, Wash. and Ilene (John) Chapman of Woodinville, Wash.; sister Leta (Howard) Allmain of Sandy, Ore.. Four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren called her Grandma. Those whose death preceded her's, include an infant son, Douglas, and two brothers, Lee and Jack Libolt.

The memorial service for Phyllis is scheduled for Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at Rogue Valley Christian Church at 1:00 p.m. If you would like to make a memorial donation, checks may be sent to: Providence Community Health Foundation, in memory of Phyllis Mitchel Lord for Hospice Care, 940 Royal Ave. #410, Medford, OR 97504. Conger-Morris Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

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