Phyllis J. Avey

November 9, 1931September 4, 2012

Phyllis Jean Avey, born November 9, 1931 in Spring Canyon Utah to Elias & Thelma (Henningson) Degn, passed on to her heavenly home in Moses Lake, Washington on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. A 1950 graduate of Grand Coulee High School, Phyllis married Clifford Wayne Avey on November 22, 1959 in the little LDS Church which stood at the intersection of Civic Way and Yucca in Coulee Dam, Washington. Together Phyllis and Cliff built their home in Coulee Dam on Walnut Street, with Phyllis moving wheelbarrow loads of concrete used in its construction. In 1967 the government moved their family and their house to its present location on Camas Street to make room for the third powerhouse. Phyllis was an active member of her church’s relief society in her younger years, and had a strong belief in God. She was also a member of the Ladies Coast Guard Auxiliary, Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and served as secretary for the P.T.A. Her greatest loves were spending time with her family, whether serving up huge dinners of pot roast, spaghetti, fruit cocktail salad or her world famous “glorified rice”, camping and boating together at Swan Lake and Lake Chelan., Phyllis’ family truly was her “Pride & Joy!” A song always seemed to be on her lips and a book close at hand when Phyllis was not busy organizing family photos into her albums.

Preceded in death by her parents; beloved parent’s-in-law: Clifford A. & Violet Avey; brother: Raymond Degn; son: Stephen Orien; son-in-law: Terry L. Moore; and grandson: H.C. “Rich” Avey; Phyllis’ legacy lives on through her loving husband of fifty-three years: Clifford W. Avey; children: Cynthia A. Orien-Moore, Richard W. Avey (Dena), Barbara E. Ries; John R. Avey (Jan); Dorothy Orien-Ensley: grandchildren: David W. West (Chanda), Belen Adams (Ben), Justin Avey, Darin P. West (Jenny), Elizabeth White (Ben), Melanie Dawson (Ed), Jared Avey (Rebecca), Trish Terry (Fred), Shane Orien (Callie) and Randy Ries; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; half-sister: Carol Torrey and numerous nephews and nieces. A graveside service and dedication for Phyllis was held at 2:00 PM on Friday, September 7, 2012 in Spring Canyon Cemetery in Grand Coulee, Washington.

Phyllis’ family requests that any donations be made in her name to: Disabled American Veterans, 212 S David Rd , Spokane Valley, WA 99212 or at

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, WA is honored to be serving Phyllis’ family.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 6, 2012
  • Graveside Service Friday, September 7, 2012

Phyllis J. Avey

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Jan Avey

September 28, 2012

I light a candle for one so DEAR~We CHERISH all the days you were here~You had a lifetime of LOVE in your life~We now carry your memory close to our hearts.


September 12, 2012

We know you are still watching over us. A mother is the heart of the family~We had a most beautiful & caring heart in ours.. A lifetime is never enough with those that we cherish & love.You had a wonderful life and we will treasure & carry our memorys of you forever~Dance with the angels mom. Your Loving Children. John & Janice Avey {Electric City,Wa}

Melanie, Ed, Sierra, and Trent Dawson

September 9, 2012

Thank you for all of the great memories, Grandma! I am honored to be called your granddaughter. We will miss your smile and laugh so much.