Phyllis A. McPherron

October 27, 1937 ~ October 29, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Phyllis McPherron Obituary


Phyllis A. McPherron, 86, of St. Joseph, passed away on Sunday, October 29, at home surrounded by family. 

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at the St. Joseph United Methodist Church.  The service begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a lunch. Visitation will  be from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at the church.

Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph is managing the arrangements.

Phyllis was born October 27, 1937, in Stillwater, MN. She was the oldest daughter of Herman and Olga (Pederson) Reese. She married Thomas A. McPherron on March 29, 1956, in Northwood, IA.  Tom preceded Phyllis in death on May 5, 2023. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Phyllis is survived by her children: Timothy McPherron of St. Joseph; Kelly (Dan) Molchan of Valparaiso, IN; and Stephanie  Neff of Ogden, IL.  Grandchildren Daniel (Courtney) Molchan – children Harper and Lennon; Cory (Katie) Molchan – children Baker and Lincoln.   Sister Rose (Jim) Joyce of Isle, MN; nephews Scott (Kim) Markgraf, Terry Markgraf and Michael Joyce.

A graduate of Stillwater High School in MN, Phyllis also lived in CO and IL.  She was a homemaker who also worked in hospital administration, floral design and spent several years at the Atkins Tennis Center in Champaign.  Passions included spending time with her beloved cats and dogs, creative flower gardening, playing tennis, singing, shopping, reading and watching her favorite series Outlander.   She was a Super Fan of Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser in Outlander) and was a member of The Chorale, a singing group with whom she enjoyed traveling the world.  She was also a member of the St. Joseph United Methodist Church. Fun Fact … Phyllis won a Gold Medal in the Senior Olympics for Tennis Mixed Doubles. 

Memorials may be made to the McPherron Family Trust or to the St. Joseph United Methodist Church.

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November 11, 2023

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
St. Joseph United Methodist Church

Celebration of Life
November 11, 2023

11:30 AM
St. Joseph United Methodist Church


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