Phyllis Marie Yancey | Newsletter

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08/24/1934 – 05/09/2022

Phyllis Marie Lackey was born in Hayden, Colorado on August 24, 1934 and entered Heaven on May 9, 2022. Phyllis was born to Felix and Thelma Lackey. As an only child, she was the light of her father’s eye and could do no wrong. Felix was a welder and worked for Bill Gill, which is how the family ended up in Taft, California. While working at the Western Auto Store in Taft, Phyllis met her future husband, Roy Yancey. Phyllis and Roy moved around a lot because he was following airplane work and needed work. When Phyllis was 34, she gave birth to their only child, Marcia. When Marcia was five, Roy died, leaving Phyllis and Marcia alone in Taft. Phyllis never remarried and dedicated her life to caring for her baby daughter, Marcia. When Marcia was 10, Phyllis got a job as a teacher’s aide and later a bus driver. With this new occupation, she developed a huge network of friends who loved being with her and especially adored her dazzling smile. Phyllis continued to work for Taft school districts until age forced her to retire.

Wherever Phyllis was, she wore a bright smile and always loved making new friends. Her beautiful smile will live.

Phyllis was predeceased by her mother, Thelma; her father, Felix, and her husband, Roy. Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Marcia LaCroix (Mark) of Hurricane, Utah. There are no visiting hours or scheduled services at this time. Special thanks to a group of lifelong friends who have become family. A special thank you to her wonderful neighbors who have always watched over and protected her: Rob and Nancy Davis, Doyle and Esther Ray, Eric and Sherry Burch, Susan Wagner and so many others. Thanks to Anthony Barbato and all the staff at Redwood Senior Living and Bristol Hospice.

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