Phyllis Marie Spelman
September 11, 1922 – July 15, 2019
Phyllis was born in Detroit on September 11, 1922 and raised in Elk Rapids by her parents Alfred Fred and Anna Marie Meyer from 1930. She graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 1941 and attended Michigan State College the following year. It was early WWII days, and she left college to go to Detroit and work for Briggs Mfg. Company, making wing flaps for B-17 bombers. As the war intensified, she enlisted in the Army Air Force and was stationed at Drew Field in Tampa, Florida. It was there that she met Paul T. Spelman, a B-17 navigator, and they married in March of 1945 . The Meyer presence in Elk Rapids goes back a century. Phyllis’ grandfather, Henry Gustav Meyer, worked for the Elk Rapids Iron Company and purchased a house built by the company for their workers in 1890. The area was three streets wide in east Elk Rapids, close to the company furnaces on Furnace Street, now called Rivershore. Henry raised eight children in that house. A fire destroyed the upper floor, and he moved back to Detroit, but returned with son Alfred and family in 1930 to restore it. That house, named Eastlawn, has been a source of many fond memories for Phyllis, her children and grandchildren.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two grandsons. She is survived by her four children, a brother, an aunt, six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Phyllis was feisty, and many of her survivors will keep her spirit going for generations to come.
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- Graveside Service Monday, July 22, 2019
Phyllis Marie Spelman
October 25, 2019
My deepest condolences to your family, It was a pleasure to meet a few years ago when I start working for senior helpers I really enjoyed spending time with you and listening to you singing and say riddles. I’m saddened to find out that you passed on and I didn’t know but I am very blessed to have known you for the time I did you were a beautiful and very funny woman!!!
July 22, 2019
Always a pleasure to see her and the humor that came out and made me smile. I will never forget her.
July 21, 2019
I helped Phyllis for a time with Senior Helpers. She was definitely feisty, in a good way! We had many fun times remembering old songs, etc. She was a pleasure to help and to know. I will always remember her.
She had one line that she told me she would sometimes say to her husband, Paul, “You know I love you, but sometimes I don’t like you.” I love this quote, because this is the reality of marriage, and a lasting marriage, such as theirs, always remembers that love is what endures. I pray you two have been reunited in eternity. God rest your soul Phyllis! Please pray for me!
July 17, 2019
Mama, Mama...sure am missing you! I know how much you liked to go home in July...well, you got to go home this year. Not the way we kids would want, but no wheelchair or oxygen tank or the constraints they caused. I wish you a peaceful sleep and hope you can hook up with Daddy. ♥️ PJ