Phyllis R. Acuff

July 26, 1924December 8, 2010

Phyllis Rae (Hodson) Acuff, 86, passed away on Dec 08, 2010 at Providence Everett Hospital. Born in Kansas to Joseph and Eva Hodson, Phyllis was the seventh of eight siblings. She is preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and brother.

The family moved to the Woodland area above Kamiah, Idaho when she was a little girl before settling in Moscow, Idaho. Phyllis graduated from Moscow High School in 1943. After graduation she worked at the telephone company in Moscow and later at a hospital in Bakersfield, California. After returning to Moscow she met and married Lewis Walter Acuff in 1946. They moved to Mukilteo, Washington then Marysville, Washington where they raised their family; two sons, Donald and David, and daughter Luella.

After raising her family Phyllis returned to work at Jansha Tanning Company in Marysville where she retired in 1995.

Phyllis loved her family, especially her grandchildren, who knew their grandma was a very soft touch. She also loved collecting dolls, especially Barbie dolls, and when a stroke forced her to leave her home she wanted assurances that the dolls would be handled appropriately.

Phyllis is survived by her sister Joy Keuscher, three children, Donald Edward Acuff, David Walter Acuff, and Luella Rae Bergstrom, 8 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.

Services will be held at Schaefer-Shipman in Marysville on December 18, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Marysville Cemetery, Marysville, WA.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Children’s Hospital, Seattle.


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Ann (Osborn)Wilson

December 23, 2010

Dear Luella, I was sorry to see the notice in the paper about your mom..I know she was always proud of her daughter, and hope that you will take comfort in the memories you have of all the times with her...

Barbara Dosie Taylor

December 21, 2010

Acuff family, sorry to hear of your Mom's death. Please draw comfort from Isa 41:10- God is holding your right hand. And Rev 21:4-soon, all suffering will be done away with.
I remember Mrs. Acuff and how she loved you guys. Always watching over Luella. Take comfort.

Bob Hendrix

December 18, 2010

I was sorry to hear of Aunt Phyllis' passing. Although we've grown apart throughout the years, I still have fond memories of visiting Uncle Lewis and Aunt Phyllis in Marysville, especially a few times when they babysat me. I pray that God's peace might be with all who mourn.

Dennis Zimmermann

December 18, 2010

I have lots of happy memories of growing up and visiting your family on the coast. Aunt Phyllis was always so nice to me - I will miss her. We pray that God's comfort will strengthen you all at this time of loss.

Art & Fran Acuff

December 17, 2010

Phyllis told me at Lewis's funeral that she hoped the family would not forget her. We haven't forgotten her. She will always be in our memories.

Billie McNamara, Acuff Family Archivist

December 17, 2010

On behalf of the Acuff family history researchers' group, I want to express our most sincere condolences on the loss of someone who was clearly beloved by many.

Jane Arndt

December 16, 2010

Dear Luella and family, so sorry to hear about your mothers passing. Please be comforted by all the wonderful memories you have in your heart of your mother. Thinking of you.

Bob Hulet

December 16, 2010

To Ed, Dave, Luella and your families.... Sue and I were saddened to learn of your Mother's passing and our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I have fond memories of your Mom having had the privilege of meeting and knowing her through my friendship with you Dave starting with our young years at Liberty Grade School, through our high school years and right on up to the present. She was a kind, thoughtful, always caring, and loving person in my eyes. May your memories of special times with her give you strength now and into the future.

Sincerely, Bob & Sue Hulet

Steve & Nancy Sherman

December 16, 2010

Dave and family, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I remember her as kind and caring. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Ruth Bruns

December 16, 2010

We miss you Aunt Phyllis. I have very fond memories when you would come to grandma and grandpa Hodson's for a visit. The pictures bring back such nice memories. I will see you and our loved ones again, I truly believe that. Love Ruthie Hodson Bruns