OBITUARY

Phyllis Terry Willingham

April 4, 1938February 13, 2021
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Phyllis Elaine Willingham, 82, of Columbia Missouri passed away peacefully on Saturday February 13, 2021 at her Cedarhurst residence in Columbia Missouri.

Phyllis was born April 4th, 1938 in Columbia to Lewis Jackson Terry and Estelle Catherine [Anderton] Terry. Phyllis was raised and attended school in Columbia, graduating from David Hickman High School. She worked for the University of Missouri at Jesse Hall. Phyllis attended New Horizons United Methodist Church in Columbia.

December 1st, 1956 Phyllis married her high school sweetheart, Ever Ray Willingham whom preceded her in death on February 14, 1987. They had three children, Mike Willingham [Margaret], Randy Willingham [Donna] and Greg Willingham[Tammy] all of Columbia. Phyllis’s love of children led her to 30 + years of day care for children. She had seven Foster children throughout that time and is testament of her loving heart and kind nature.

Phyllis raced go-karts in her younger days, attended Turkey shoots was often a winner, loved humming birds, walking, and going to the Broadway Diner downtown to order her favorite, biscuits and gravy. She enjoyed playing the harmonica for those whom enjoyed a tune. She attended many Shriner events with her husband and made life-long friendships.

In 1988, Phyllis was introduced to Ezra “Fuzzy” Nichols who became a loving companion for over 30 years. He preceded her in death.

Phyllis was the youngest of five children. She was preceded in death by sister, Juanita Palmer and is survived by sisters, LaVerne Sartin, Lois Vogt; brother, Paul Terry. Phyllis has four grandchildren, Tyler, Kyle and Marshall Willingham and Kalyn Pilsudski. She has four great grandchildren, Hazel and Madeleine Willingham and Nora and Samuel Pilsudski. She had ten nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was a kind, happy and joyous person to be around. She will be missed.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home,1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202 from 1:30pm until the time of the funeral service at 2:30pm. A private burial will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Please visit the funeral home’s website at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com to leave condolences to access the livestream of the memorial service via Facebook.

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    Saturday, February 20, 2021

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Denise and Clark Winslow

February 22, 2021

You all have our sincerest condolences. Phyllis was so loved by many; especially Dad. She will forever live in our memories.

Lenora Miller

February 20, 2021

Loved seeing all the pictures of Phyllis and her family. Sweet memories of a beautiful and loving mother!

Dan and Joan Nichols

February 20, 2021

Thinking of the Willingham family and remembering many fond memories of Phyllis.

Marilyn Moeller

February 20, 2021

What a sweet gentle soul! So appreciated her smile and her faithfulness. Her peace permeated the space whenever she was present. Even in the midst of the frustrations of dementia, one could feel the gentle faith her presence conveyed.

Joyce Ollendike

February 18, 2021

Before Mike started coming with Phyllis to NHUMC, she often sat alone in the back. Many of us would go and sit with her. I enjoyed visiting with her. I remember her telling me of her friend's passing and how sad she was. She loved her family and was very caring.

Scott and Leeann Johnson

February 17, 2021

Deepest sympathy and condolences from New Horizons friends Leeann and Scott. May God give you peace.

Phil Steinhaus

February 17, 2021

Our hearts go out to the Willingham family in this time of loss. May the memories of the love and laughter you shared with her keep her alive in your hearts forever.

Jeanette Nelson

February 17, 2021

Greg; sending prayers of comfort to you and your family at this time of sorrow.

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