Phyllis Rickey Wecht

July 26, 1927July 23, 2018

Phyllis Anne Rickey Wecht, devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, was born July 26, 1927, in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to Norman Mitchell Rickey and Vivian Arnold Rickey. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology, summa cum laude, from Denison University. Phyllis met her husband, David Kindler Wecht, at a mixer at Lakewood Methodist Church, where they were married on October 20, 1951, and spent almost 64 wonderful years together.

Phyllis and Dave were loving parents to their two daughters, Wendy and Linda. They were supporters of many school and extracurricular activities in Bay Village, Ohio; Cullman, Alabama; and West Simsbury, Connecticut. They opened their home to many friends, including an AFS exchange student from Spain. They were members of the First United Methodist Church in Cullman, Alabama, and North Raleigh United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Phyllis loved animals and instilled this love in her daughters at an early age by taking them to volunteer at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Bay Village, Ohio. She also had a flair for flower arranging, winning ribbons in many exhibitions in Alabama, Connecticut, and South Carolina. Her love of gardening was evident, as she was a founding member of the Keowee Key Garden Club in Salem, South Carolina. She spent many hours planting flowers and shrubs to beautify Keowee Key. She sewed prom dresses for her daughters and clothing for her grandchildren. In Cullman, Alabama, Phyllis worked as a Welcome Wagon Representative and had a dog grooming business in her home, and in Avon, Connecticut, she worked for Kenney, Webber & Lowell Insurance Company.

Phyllis passed away in Raleigh, North Carolina, on July 23, 2018, three days before her 91st birthday. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David Wecht; her sister, Arline Rickey Bliss, and son-in-law, Philip Turner Harding. She is survived by daughters Wendy Wecht Harding, Linda Wecht Tesh (James Michael); grandchildren Melissa Harding Behne (Donny); John David Harding (Clayton Ronsiek); Jennifer Anne Tesh Murphy (Brian); and Courtney Lynne Tesh; great grandson Caleb Philip Paul Behne; and many beloved nieces and nephews.


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Pamela Rich

August 13, 2018

I met Phyllis at Sunrise after my Mom became a resident in May of this year. She was one of the ladies that sat at the table next to my Mom. I always loved talking to her and Katie. She was always dressed in such attractive outfits and I would comment on them. She loved the sparkly ones and I would tell her how pretty she looked. She always wore pretty jackets and sweaters and she always said she was cold. I loved seeing her and I was in shock the day my Mom called and said she had passed away. I was getting ready to go on a trip and I did not get to go to the facility that day. I wish I had seen her one more time. I have thought about her so much since then. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May she rest in peace!

Iris Tafel Dozer

August 3, 2018

This Photo is from our 50th Year Class Reunion in 1999, we were all roommates and friends during our time at Denison.
Our friendship may have started back in 1945 as classmates but continued throughout our lives. Shown in the picture are: Phyllis, Iris, Joan, Marion and Jean, friends and roommates at Denison from 1945-1949.
Back in our Denison days Phyllis and I would spend many hours studying and often used the fireplace mantle in the dorm house. Even though the fireplace mantle was closed off it was always a warm place to study and talk.
I will always remember Phyllis, her warmth and love of life. Iris

Debbie Forhdam

July 30, 2018

My Aunt Phyllis was one of the most gracious women I have ever known. My mother, her little sister, looked up to her and admired her intelligence, her proficiency on the piano (I think mom was always a bit jealous of that), her fashion sense and interior decorating skills, and her wonderful flower arranging skills. As for me, I knew that she would always take me aside individually and tell me how much she loved and appreciated me and if I wanted to come visit her, she would always have a place for me to stay. (I was saddened to find out that she said the same thing to each of my siblings.) She was often the only one that remember my birthdays. There was always a card! And she always found something to compliment everyone on. She was certainly a master at making others feel loved, valued, and special. I shall miss her.

Raylene Webster

July 30, 2018

It is with deep sadness we write this note of the passing of Phyllis. We met Phyllis in 1993 and we became very close friends. Raylene shared Phyllis’s love of plants and they participated in many programs in the Lake and Hills Garden Club.

Phyllis was a loyal friend and an amazingly devoted wife especially as her Husband, Dave experienced health issues. We will miss her wonderful smile and personality. The last time we saw Phyllis was when we visited her in Raleigh to go out to lunch. She appeared in her usual bright colored outfit with earrings and everything matching. She was her usual joyful self. What a dear friend.

Peace and comfort to the entire family.

Raylene and Richard Webster