OBITUARY

Phyllis K McClimans

June 29, 1934October 16, 2020
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Phyllis ‘Tippy’ McClimans

Phyllis “Tippy” McClimans of Palmetto, Florida passed away on October 16th, 2020. She was born on June 29th, 1934 in Fairmont, West Virginia to Phil & Dorothy Knisely.

Phyllis had one sibling, an older sister Elizabeth, who was a nurse. Tippy was raised in both Basnettville, West Virginia and Fairview, West Virginia (small town America) with her very close first cousins: Lenna Lou and Fran Powell, sometimes in the very same large house.

She is survived by Don McClimans, her husband of 65 years, her two sons, Mark and Todd McClimans; twin grandsons, Kyle and Connor McClimans; maternal niece, Pam Cox and her husband Don Cox of Atlanta, along with their two children, Jason and Katie Cox; paternal nieces and nephews, Ellen, Jim Lynn, Bob and Don McClimans.

Phyllis was a proud and loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt and mother, raising two sons who adore her. She was so proud of her two grandsons, as well as her nieces and nephews.

Services

20 October

Visitation

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Groover Funeral Home

1400 36th Ave East
Ellenton, FL 34222

20 October

Funeral Service

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Groover Funeral Home

1400 36th Ave East
Ellenton, FL 34222

21 October

Committal Service

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Sarasota National Cemetery

9810 State Rd 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

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Kyle McClimans

October 19, 2020

I remember when we were young we would occasionally spend the day at our grandparents house. Tippy was always making sure we were kept well fed with apples and peanut butter, juice, Papa's famous octagon crackers, and Tippy's famous powdered brownies. It was always a treat to go over and play croquette, board games, and some checkers type game that involved knocking the opponents checkers into these net pockets in the corners of the board. I was very fortunate to get to grow up with all 4 of my grandparents there to help guide my journey into adulthood. We're all going to miss you Tippy.

Sandy McClimans

October 19, 2020

My husband Jim's Aunt Tippy was someone who instantly made me feel like family, a kindred spirit, and welcomed. She leaves me with many great memories of the times spent with her. I will always miss hearing her voice, with its endearing West Virginia accent. She was one of a kind, and will be so missed!

John Conaway

October 19, 2020

Sorry to hear of the loss of Phyllis (Tippy), your wife/mother. Have some great memories of her and her boys Mark and Todd. Also the summer visits that Phil and Dorthy loved with the boys. They spoiled you boys, but you loved it. Our prayers are with you . God will comfort you in your loss. In His Love, John G. Conaway

Jim McClimans

October 18, 2020

I feel so fortunate to have known Aunt Tippy since childhood. I remember visiting her (and Uncle Don) as a youngster and playing at their home - and many years later enjoying their visit to our family home in Calgary. Aunt Tippy was full of enthusiasm and honest affection for all. When visiting Calgary Aunt Tippy entertained our two young grandsons by playing with them at their level, with the box of toys on the living room floor. My wife and I, our children, and our grandchildren are grateful for the time we were able to spend with Aunt Tippy, and for the memories we share of her.

Darlene Goggin

October 18, 2020

I only knew Phyllis for a little over a year but came to love her! My thoughts are with her Family at this time. Summerfield has lost one of its loveliest residents. May she have a blessed trip home to be with Her Lord. May God bless and keep her Family safe till they meet again!

Darlene Goggin

Becky McClimans

October 18, 2020

Aunt Tippy (as I knew her) was always so warm and wonderful to me in the very little bit of time I got to share with her and Uncle Don living far apart. On one special weekend we all celebrated mom and dad’s (Jim and Nancy’s) 50th anniversary in Vermilion, Ohio. Dad and Uncle Don were brothers. We...included Jim, Don &Cathy, Ellen, Bob and I and the kids we could bring. It was a perfect weekend that included stories of many sailing adventures the four of them had together. The photo was taken at Gilchrest House right before we went to the French Restaurant for a fabulous meal. Aunt Tippy was always graceful and beautiful and fun and will be missed by all of us.

Mark Leeson

October 18, 2020

There are many warm memories of my visits with Tippy and Don in Florida. Tippy always greeted us with her welcoming smile and was interested in our lives. I always enjoyed reminiscing about the families and recalling our past times together. May she be at peace.

Ellen McClimans

October 18, 2020

Aunt Tippy (my favorite Aunt!) was such a beautiful woman with a great laugh! I have memories of visits to Greenville, Ft. Myers and Palmetto! My love and thoughts with my Uncle, Mark and Todd.

Patty McClimans

October 18, 2020

Tippy was the best mother in law and grandmother. She was so kind hearted and interested in our lives.

When Connor and Kyle were born she gave so much of her time to help. She always had fun activities planned for the boys to learn and grow.

Our family gatherings were the best times of my life and I’m so happy Tippy and Don lived close so we could celebrate special occasions together.

Tippy thank you for giving so much of yourself to us. You will be missed.

Sharon Simpson

October 17, 2020

Donnie and I are so sorry for your loss. We were very blessed to have had the privilege of knowing such a beautiful, classy lady! Sending our love and prayers.

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