Phyllis Ann Higgins Utt

15 October, 194222 September, 2021
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Phyllis Ann Utt, 78, a resident of Harrisonburg, died September 22, 2021 at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg.

A daughter of the late William and Zola Sandy Higgins, she was born on October 15, 1942 in Harrisonburg where she was a lifelong resident.

Phyllis was a member of Valley Lane Bowling League, and enjoyed bowling, bingo, and raising grandkids.

She married Wilburt Utt who preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Debbie Ramirez of Harrisonburg, Kay Carter and husband Jarrell of Deerfield, VA; Sid Allman who was like a son she helped to raise from Briery Branch; a number of grandchildren, Stacey M. Luna, Jennifer Santiago and husband Carmelo, Melvin R. Bottenfield, Jr., Raymond Eavers and Rachel Eavers; great-grandchildren, Diego Luna, Erik Paz, Ryane Efraimson, Dylan and Nilah Eavers; and Aibel Bottenfield; one great-great-grandchild, Emberleigh Luna; one sister, Lois Shifflett and husband Ernie of Elkton; and a brother, Steven Higgins and wife Diane of Elkton. She was loved by many children she helped to care for.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Melvin Ray Eavers and Richard Allman; husbands DeRay Melvin Eavers and Wilburt Utt; and brothers, William “Ted” Higgins, and Danny Higgins, Sr.

Her body will be cremated at Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel. There will be no public viewing.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm Sunday, October 3, 2021 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A memorial service will begin at 3:00 pm with Doug Davidson officiating. A dinner will be held at her home following the memorial service, everyone is welcome.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


  • Debbie Ramirez, Daughter
  • Kay Carter (Jarrell), Daughter
  • Sid Allman, Like A Son
  • Stacey M. Luna, Grandchild
  • Jennifer Santiago (Carmelo), Grandchild
  • Melvin R. Bottenfield, Jr., Grandchild
  • Raymond Eavers, Grandchild
  • Rachel Eavers, Grandchild
  • Diego Luna, Great-Grandchild
  • Erik Paz, Great-Grandchild
  • Ryane Efraimson, Great-Grandchild
  • Dylan Eavers, Great-Grandchild
  • Nilah Eavers, Great-Grandchild
  • Aibel Bottenfield, Great-Grandchild
  • Emberleigh Luna, Great-Great-Grandchild
  • Lois Shifflett (Ernie), Sister
  • Steven Higgins (Diane), Brother
  • Deray Melvin Eavers, First Husband (deceased)
  • Wilbert Utt, Second Husband (deceased)
  • Zola Sandy Higgins, Mother (deceased)
  • William Higgins, Father (deceased)
  • Melvin Ray Eavers, Son (deceased)
  • Richard Allman, Son (deceased)
  • William "Ted" Higgins, Brother (deceased)
  • Danny Higgins, Sr., Brother (deceased)


  • Visitation

    Sunday, 3 October , 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, 3 October , 2021


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Bonnie Leavitt

3 October 2021

My love and sympathy go out to all of Phyllis' family.
I had the honor of knowing Phyllis for over 25 years. We had many enjoyable conversations about bowling, bingo, flowers, her beloved family, her dog Missy, and life!
She was a sweet and humble lady, yet she was also one of the strongest women that I've ever known. What an example she was in meeting challenges and adversity and sorrow with courage and determination!
Seven months ago, I moved to another state, but Phyllis and I continued to keep in touch by phone. How I wish I could have been there to say good-bye in person. But I have every confidence that I shall see her again some day and embrace as friends!
Good-bye for now, dear Phyllis!

Brenda Smith

29 September 2021

I had the privilege of knowing Phyllis since I was a child of 10 years old when her and her daughter Debbie and I became childhood friends.Later in life she became my sister in law. And she was a good one and a good friend.We stayed in touch even after I was no longer in the family, that's the kind of person Phil was. Family to her wasn't just blood.She never meet a stranger, if you was in need of a place to stay or food to eat, she would offer the shirt off her back. She was a wonderful lady. And will be missed deeply. I will forever cherish our last conversation just a few weeks before she went into the hospital. Phyllis RIP you where one of a kind and loved by all.

Cindy Rahe

28 September 2021

Phyllis was my tournament bowling partner, but more than that she was my friend and I miss her deeply. We shared so many fun memories over the years and I was so excited to go to my first state tournament with both her and my friend Jennifer. We had a great time, bowling and shopping and eating out. If there's a bowling league in heaven I know that they have already signed her up lol. My deepest sympathy to her family, I will keep you all in my thoughts and heart and prayers.

Jill Davidson

27 September 2021

Loved talking with the family when I made house calls. Fine person. May she rest in peace with her hubby!

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