Phyllis Irene Smith

Jan. 17, 1936 — Nov. 28, 2010
NORTH AURORA, Ill. — Phyllis Irene Smith, 74, of North Aurora, Ill. died peacefully at her home Nov. 28, 2010 after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
Phyllis was born Jan. 17, 1936 to Fredrick M. and Estella V. Wolff in Walkerton. She graduated from Plymouth High School in 1954 and went on to earn her education degree from Indiana University in 1958. July 26, 1959, she married James O. Smith of Rochester.
Phyllis was a school teacher in Aurora, Ill., first of all with West Aurora School District and then following that she taught for 17 years at Aurora Central Catholic High School. A devout Christian, Phyllis was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon and elder and was a willing volunteer for the many activities of the church.
She was also a member of LB Chapter of PEO since 1974 holding many positions including president.
The greatest joy for Phyllis was her grandchildren and her family. She loved to travel and had been on many cruises and in many countries, but none gave her more pleasure than the Caribbean cruise she and Jim took with their children and grandchildren in 2009 to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Phyllis is survived by her husband Jim; their son, Kevin (Stacey) Smith and their children: Mitchell, Morgan and Marla of Sammamish, Wash. and her daughter, Jan (Von) Peery and their children: Caleb, Mollie and Xander of North Aurora, Ill. Phyllis is also survived by her mother, Estella Wolff of South Bend; three sisters: Sharon Duram of South Bend, Jeanne (Charles) Graham of Granger, and Martha Moore of South Bend; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her father, Fredrick Wolff; her brother, Neil W. Wolff; and her brothers-in-law, Ralph Duram and Michael Moore.
Phyllis’ family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl. Aurora.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Edgelawn Dr. Aurora, Ill. with Pastor Chuck Legvold officiating.
Interment will be at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Westminster Presbyterian Church or to the American Cancer Society designated for lung cancer research.
Phyllis’ family wishes to thank the many caregivers and friends who helped them through this ordeal.
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