OBITUARY

Phyllis Jean Detjens

August 5, 1937May 30, 2018
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PHYLLIS JEAN (JONES) DETJENS, 80

Phyllis Jean (Jones, Dominguez) Detjens, 80, of Santa Barbara, California, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in a care facility in Yucaipa, California surrounded by her family. Born August 5, 1937 the oldest of 4 children and the only girl in Moline, Illinois to Albert and Phyllis Jones, Phyllis faithfully served her family and church out of her deep love and commitment to Christ.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ray, her parents, 2 brothers Benjamin and Michael Jones, her first husband Henry Dominguez, and two grandsons Jacob Ray Detjens and Frederick Cook MacDonell. Phyllis is survived by sons Gerald Ray Detjens, Leonard Ray (Shareé) Detjens, daughters Eileen Rae (Ricky) Smith, Rena Rae (Fred) MacDonell, brother Jonathan (Peggy) Jones, sister-in-law LeAnne Jones, granddaughters Amber Rae Detjens, Melanie Rose Gilbertson, grandsons Alexander Ray MacDonell, Ian Patrick MacDonell, Justin M Smith and Michael J Smith, great grandsons Jacob J Smith and RJ Smith and great granddaughter Olivia Naomi Pinkley; as well as loving nieces, nephews and other friends. Phyllis was a loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother and friend to all.

Phyllis graduated from high school in Lindsay, CA. She later met and married Henry Dominguez. On a dark night while she and Henry were driving home late, a drunk driver hit their car head on taking Henry’s life and leaving Phyllis fighting for hers. After multiple surgeries, she recovered and opened her heart to love again. This time to a widow with four children! She and Ray met and married in 1971 in Santa Barbara, California. She was a courageous woman to step into the role of mother, and she did it with much love and grace.

Phyllis was known for her gift of hospitality. She loved to have people into her home and treat them as family and serve delicious home-cooked meals. She also spent many years in the kitchen at Living Faith Center cooking and serving for all types of events. She devoted her prime years to caring for her children and her home, and when her children were older, she worked behind the scenes at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust until she retired. Everywhere she lived she became involved in a local church and served the families in those ministries. When she retired she and Ray worked with MAPS RVers traveling around the country working at different churches, camps and schools. Phyllis would serve in any way needed. One of her favorite places was Spencer Lake Christian Center in Wisconsin where she and Ray worked for many summers in their later years. Once the time for traveling the country was over, they settled in at home in Yucaipa, California where she spent her final years cared for and surrounded by her devoted children.

A special thank you to the Redlands Community Hospital Hospice in Yucaipa, California for their loving care and support. Also thank you to Yucaipa First Assembly for all of their loving support and assistance with arrangements in Phyllis' last days.

Funeral services for Phyllis will be at the Yucaipa First Assembly, 12226 Second Street, Yucaipa, CA on June 25, 2018 arranged by Weaver-Hughes Mortuary in Yucaipa. Visitation will be from 9 AM until 9:30 AM with the memorial service beginning at 9:45 AM. Phyllis will be laid to rest in a private ceremony for family at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California. In lieu of flowers Phyllis requested memorial donations be made in her name to Spencer Lake Christian Center, N1385 Cnty Hwy E, Waupaca, WI 54981 or online at www.spencer-lake.org under Get Involved/Foundational Partners.]

Services

25 June

Viewing

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Yucaipa 1st Assembly

12226 2nd St
Yucaipa, California 92399

25 June

Memorial Service

9:45 am - 10:30 am

Yucaipa 1st Assembly

12226 2nd St
Yucaipa, California 92399

25 June

Reception

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Yucaipa 1st Assembly

12226 2nd St
Yucaipa, California 92399

25 June

Graveside Service

1:01 pm - 1:31 pm

Riverside National Cemetery

22495 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, California 92518

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Phyllis Jean Detjens

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Jacquelyn Ford

June 19, 2018

Your Mom and Dad always made us feel so welcome at the college career Bible studies in their home. I am so sorry for your loss, Eileen. Love and prayers to you and your entire family.

Henry Red Andrews

June 19, 2018

She was my Sunday School teacher. She will be missed..

Dave Giles

June 19, 2018

Phyllis and Ray had such a wonderful gift of hospitality! Their love for Jesus showed through every portion of their lives — whether it was loving on our International Student friends or our American Students their warmth, love and care said it All! What a wonderful Home-going day it is today!
Our prayers and love for your whole family!

Gilbert Contreras

June 19, 2018

So sorry to hear the news. Your parents were amazing. Blessed me and our Univ Min in SB… praying for you and the family.

Yvonne Church

June 19, 2018

So many wonderful memories of your beautiful mother. She and your dad would go and visit my parents when they were still living in their home. They would always bring them a treat. God be with you all!!!!

Amber Armijo

June 19, 2018

My heart truly hurts... But i know now your smile is shining bright and mind and body are healed.. Thank you for bringing such Joy to me and the kids.. We love you guys..

Gloria Sierra Steele

June 19, 2018

Your Mother came and helped me organize my kitchen when we came to Santa Barbara from Oklahoma she said how come you aren't using these dish towels? I said because they are too nice then your Mom said We'll if you don't use them, Bobs second wife will I said oh no she will not!!. From then on over 45 years later, I use everything!! She taught me such a great lesson!!! Thank you so much Phyllis Jean Detjens

Karen Franck

June 19, 2018

Love and peace to the whole family! Miss all of you.

Maureen Hovda

June 19, 2018

So sorry we live so far away. Otherwise, we would be there. Send me an email with your address so we can send you something. Love, maureen and Doug Hovda

Judy Bost Detjens

June 19, 2018

Sorry we can’t be there but we will be praying for all of you.