OBITUARY

Phyllis Marie Compton

January 5, 1940November 8, 2016
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Phyllis Marie Compton, 76, of Kingsley, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday afternoon, November 8th, 2016, surrounded by the comfort and love of her closest family. Born on January 5th, 1940, in Traverse City, she was the daughter of the late Willis and Margaret (Ackerman) Morgan. Growing up on a farm in Kingsley molded her into the gentle and caring woman she was to those who knew her. Commitment to detail and excellence in everything she did was on display from a young age where she played alto horn in the school band and was proudly the valedictorian of her Kingsley High School Class of 1958. Soon after graduation, she met her life partner and best friend Ronald Compton, whom she married on October 25th, 1958. Outside of spending eight years in Japan, Maryland, and Empire while she stood by his side serving their country, together, they started a family and planted their roots back in the childhood community she loved and knew best. Two things were immediately apparent of those who knew Phyllis; she loved her family and had a servant’s heart like no other. The door of her home was always open and a common gathering place among friends and family alike. Throughout the years, many people in the area were blessed with sharing a slice of cake that Phyllis poured her love into baking and decorating. She jumped at chances to attend sporting or school events of anyone in her family or community circle. She enjoyed spreading her smile on cross-country visits to see extended family and friends. She was thankful to share and grow her faith through bible study. Her favorite verse and map for life was Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” She had a knack for spotting four-leaf clovers, which she frequently gave away in the form of warm hugs and calm kind words; likely to be one of her most missed qualities by those close to her. Her legacy of love lives on by those surviving; husband of 58 years, Ron Compton; children, Julie (Lynn) Frentner, Ron Compton and Shelly (Jason) Talsma; precious grandchildren and darling great-grandchildren; brothers, Joe Morgan and Jim (Ruth) Morgan; sister, Barbara (Bud) Benton; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Leon (Helen) Morgan and Jerry (Iris) Morgan; sister, Sheila (Jake) Smith; sister-in-law, Jackie Morgan; and grandson, Sgt. Justin Hansen. Relatives and friends may gather for visitation at noon, Saturday, November 12th at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley. A Service will begin at 1p.m. with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations on Phyllis’ behalf may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 12, 2016

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 12, 2016

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November 12, 2016

Phyllis was the first person that I had contact with in Kingsley. 27 years ago, I was leaving my job of ten years, moving 4 hours away to take care of a foster care home in the middle of no where. I was a bit intimidated. When I knocked on the door I was met by this incredibly happy woman. She told me how she had taken care of people for 20 years in this home, now I know, that she was just as curious about me as I was about her. Anyone who knows Phyllis also knows that she made me feel welcome and wanted in about ten seconds flat. Her smile could melt iron. She stayed in close contact with me and HER ladies for years after she stopped working. That in itself says what kind of woman she was. I feel so blessed to have known her and her family.

Timothy Sabin

November 11, 2016

There are no words that I can find to express how sorry I am. Phyllis touched my heart from the moment I met her, and always made sure I was okay. Ron, you both changed my life for the better, and I thank you. Her smile is what I will always remember, along with her gentleness, and unending kindness that spread to all around her. I send my thoughts and prayers to all who were touched by her through this difficult time.

Sheryl Wiggins

November 11, 2016

She was a blessing to me, I was so inspired by her in my walk with the Lord. I will never forget her sweet and gentle nature, always so giving and kind. Her friendship was a definite gift from God, I will miss her dearly. Her life on this earth will sorely be missed. Thank you Father for your gift of Phyllis on all of our lives.

Patrice White

November 11, 2016

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Phyllis many years ago and often saw her at the Kingsley sports events with her family. May your loving memories, your faith in God, and the love and support of family and friends comfort you at this difficult time.

Judy Riser

November 11, 2016

Each day she lived was a gift from God. A beautiful image of a Christian woman. Blessed to be called her friend, her memory lives on until we meet again. Love always, Judy

Janet Elenbaas

November 10, 2016

A sad goodbye to a wonderful woman. May she rest in peace in Heaven. For Julie and her girls, family and friends may you cherish the beautiful memories she gave you. God Bless all of you!

Billy Newell

November 10, 2016

Uncle Ron & family,

Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Aunt Phyllis had a smile that could brighten anyones day. She will be greatly missed.

Sending love and prayer,
Billy & Tammi Newell and family.

Lola Toedebusch

November 10, 2016

I was so proud to be her niece. She had the biggest heart and an infectious smile.Aunt Phyllis,you will be missed! May God comfort your family. Sincerely, Lola

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