Phyllis M Divoky

August 24, 1944March 5, 2018
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Phyllis M Divoky, 73, Lincoln, died March 5th 2018 after her third battle with cancer. Born to Glenn I. and Bernice I. Gibson on August 24, 1944 in Ottumwa, IA. Phyllis graduated from Tempe, AZ High School in 1962 where she lettered in Varsity Archery. She was the recipient of the coveted “6 Gold Award” on numerous occasions. She graduated from Arizona State College in Flagstaff, AZ in 1965 where she was a member of a Business Honorary. Phyllis’ childhood led to many lifetime pursuits. Her love of reading began with children’s hour at the Ottumwa Public Library which led to her 1st two jobs in the Tempe High School Library and the Tempe Public Library at age 14. This carried to the Art Slide Library at Arizona State College and then to later travels from her extensive reading. She lovingly prepared over 1300 books from her private library to be given away following her death. Her grandmother’s each contributed to her knowledge of sewing and handiwork: Grandma Harward to beadwork and quilting and Grandma Gibson to rug weaving, crocheting and embroidery. Her work won her many ribbons and premiums from both county and state fairs. Add to this her sewing in both Girl Scouts and 4-H Club and 4-H Jr leadership. Her travel knowledge came in very useful the 8 years she and Ron traveled with his consulting work after his retirement from Lincoln Telephone Co. Phyllis leaves to mourn her, a husband of 48 years, Ronald F. Divoky, mother Bernice I. Gibson of Keosauqua, IA, brother and spouse Donald W. Gibson (Beverly) of Payson, AZ, daughter Janet A.Dail and grandchildren Erin and Allison Dail of Lincoln; son Allen F. Divoky of Tecumseh and grandchildren Allena and Crystal Divoky of Lincoln. Phyllis also leaves to mourn the remaining cousins of the “Rowdy 14 Gibson Cousins” and 2 nephews Craig (Paula) of Mesa, AZ and Mark (Linda) of Payson, AZ. She was preceded in death by her father Glenn I. Gibson and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation 5pm – 7pm Thursday March 8th at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. The celebration of her life will be held at 1PM on Friday March 9th at Trinity United Methodist Church, 7130 Kentwell Lane with burial to follow at Lincoln Memorial Park and Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund.


  • Invisitation Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 9, 2018

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Phillip Ross

March 9, 2018

My family and I met Phyllis in 2006 at the first Charlie Co reunion we held for Vietnam vets who served with our brother. Ron was Stan's platoon leader.
In the years since both Phyllis and Ron have been dear and faithful friends to us. We've made many cherished memories at later reunions and drop-in visits as well as family occasions.
They honored our dad by attending his funeral and blessed us with their presence when Valerie and I were married.
Phyllis was a sweet spirit who gave and received love with enthusiasm. She will be missed but we rejoice in the hope and assurance of meeting her again in the presence of our heavenly Father at the greatest reunion of all.
Teddy Bear
Philippians 1:3

Curt Smith

March 8, 2018

We are so sorry to learn of Phyllis' death. So many memories from our years at Trinity and the Seekers Class...camping trips, Easter breakfasts, family Christmas parties, church work days, on and on. What a wonderful group of people with whom to share our lives. Phyllis was always there offering her support, love and friendship. We'll all miss her.

Curt & Bev Smith

Ben and Martha Simmons

March 7, 2018

Dear Rod, Janet, and Allen,

Ben and I were talking about the many Wonderful Memories that we have of Phyllis . . . the many Seekers camping trips, canoeing down the Niobrara, laughing during the parties, and picnics. We remember her Beautiful Smile and Laugh, which would light up any room. She loved her family, her church family and God! We feel So Blessed to have known and loved her. Know that we are with you as you celebrate her Amazing Life!

Love, Ben and Martha

Janet Millnitz

March 7, 2018

I was saddened to read today of Phyllis's death. Such a kind and lovely woman. Ron, you and Phyllis were always such good friends to my parents. That, and memories of church activities and Sunday School is something that I will always remember fondly. Please know that you and the kids are in our thoughts and prayers. Phyllis will be missed.

Francie Stoner

March 6, 2018

Phyllis was an angel here on earth! The rest of the angels are welcoming her home! She has been such a key part of all of our Charlie Company Reunions! We could depend on her for anything we needed! I will always remember her tribute at the 2017 reunion! A wonderful woman! We will miss her!

Joan McGinnis

March 6, 2018

What a sweet, kind, precious lady! You will certainly be missed.

Crystal Divoky

March 6, 2018

My grandma was an amazing woman n I truly looked up to her. She's one of the best grandparent a grandchild should ask for. I'll love n miss you so very much .