AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Phyllis Humphrey, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Wellstead of Rogers. She was 87 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Calvary Lutheran Church.
Phyllis Elaine (Scheneker) Humphrey of Mora, Minnesota, passed away on October 13, 2015, at the Wellstead of Rogers in Rogers, Minnesota. She was 87 years old.
Phyllis was born, the second child of five, to Frank and Selma (Ohnstad) Scheneker on June 19, 1928, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She was a graduate of Akeley High School in 1946 and then earned her teaching license from the St. Cloud Teachers’ College in 1948.
She taught in the elementary school in Mora, Minnesota, and as a result of that job, she met her future husband. He was the older brother of one of her first grade students.
She married Bill Humphrey in 1950. At that time married women were not allowed to teach in the district but Phyllis received a special dispensation since Bill was sent overseas to serve in the army. That made her the earliest married woman teacher in Mora.
The family grew when they adopted their older son, Charles, in 1958. Daughter, Andrea, was born in 1960; and younger son, Thomas was born in 1964.
Phyllis was a very active church member at Calvary in Mora. She participated in women’s circle groups, she was a leader and teacher in Sunday school for many years, and she was a loyal choir member. Bible study with friends was a favorite time for her, too.
Always on the go, Phyllis was often seen taking her daily walks. The community also benefitted from Phyllis’ activities. She led discussion groups and made lefse with Bill at holiday time for those at St. Clare’s. She also did some substitute teaching in the Mora Schools. Hobbies included quilting, knitting, baking as well as making good use of the dinner coupons in the “Happenings” books with friends.
Phyllis’ greatest love was her family. She was a homemaker and mother in every wonderful sense of the word. Every day at 3:00 she was home to greet her children returning from school. She and Bill went to all the plays, concerts, recitals, and sports in which her children participated. She gave definition to the word, “grandmother”, too. She babysat, played hockey, baked brownies, rode on the go-cart, attended their concerts, recitals and games, or did whatever her grandchildren wanted. Her time was dedicated to them.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Selma; brother, Frank; sisters, Maxine and Joyce; and son, Chuck; and husband, Bill.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Pat Humphrey and sons Justin and Michael; daughter Andi (Jamey Anderson) and children Elizabeth and William; and son Tom (Jacki) and daughters Ellie, Jill and Carly. She is also survived by her sister, Marlene Bogart, and many nieces and nephews, in-laws, and other family and friends.
Phyllis was a warm, loving, and gentle lady and will be missed greatly by all who knew her.