Phyllis Merle Geier Simon passed away Friday, January 04, 2013, at Sheridan Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
Phyllis was born April 19, 1940, in Buffalo, Wyoming, to D. Orrel and Vera Mae Geier. She grew up in the Kearney community on Piney Creek where she was active in 4-H and Grace Chapel. Ever the organizer she saw to it her siblings and the neighborhood kids were entertained by backyard circuses, “wagon train” outings, and Easter egg hunts. In high school she was the yearbook editor and graduated salutatorian from Johnson County High School in 1958.
Phyllis spent many years in Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, raising her daughters. In 1987 she moved back to her beloved Wyoming. She received her Degree in Nursing from Sheridan College and spent a number of years in this profession.
2003 saw another major change for Phyllis when she met and married Ray Simon. Together they purchased acreage on Big Goose where Phyllis was able to pursue her favorite interests: gardening and equestrian pursuits. One never knew what new vegetable or flower she might try, or if the current horse count was one, two, three, or maybe more. She became an active member and vice president of the Blue Sky Saddle Club where she participated in the events and activities with the support of her husband. She and Ray were also active members of the Public Land Users Committee for which she was secretary. Never one to be shy about expressing her opinion, Phyllis was known to make strong statements concerning her beliefs. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her infant son Robert Orrel, and her sister Louise Kay.
Phyllis is survived by her husband Ray Simon, daughters Brenda Ballard and Benita (Allen) Thomas, granddaughter Stephanie Ballard, grandsons Curtis Bohl, Allen, Bryant, and Craig Thomas, stepsons John (Julie) Simon and Greg Simon, stepdaughter Ann Barker, step grandsons Jordan, Joshua Simon and Matt Barker, step granddaughters, Kimberly Mettler, Mandy Biley and Kristy Kennedy also surviving are sisters Barbara (John) Eychaner, Orlene (Ed) Perritt, and brother Marlin (Mary) Geier and brother in law Gary Kay, as well as numerous nieces and nephews who dearly loved their Aunt Phyllis.
Memorials to honor Phyllis may be made to the Zambia Mission at 658 EN 21st, Abiline, TX 79601.
Services for Phyllis were held on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Kane Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.