Phyllis Eastley

phyllis eastley

PHYLLIS ELAINE EASTLEY passed away after a short battle with cancer May 9,2010 at Meritcare's Palliative Care Unit in Fargo, North Dakota.  Born September 17, 1936 in Yakima, Washington. Phyllis spent the first yearsof her life with her family in Washington, then South Dakota for a shorttime before the family returned to Lisbon, ND, where she graduated from HighSchool. She worked for a lawyer in Lisbon, then moved to Fargo, where shewas employed by an insurance company and met lifetime friends and her futurehusband. Phyllis and Ed were married in Lisbon, ND on October 20, 1956. Theylived on the family farm north of Buffalo, ND, where they raised 5 children.Phyllis worked a number of years at the Tower View Café. She and Ed retiredenjoying many winters in Mesa, Arizona.  She loved playing pool, knitting,reading, playing cards, and visiting with family and friends.She is survived by her husband Edward, Buffalo, ND, her son, Mike, WestFargo, ND, his children, Adrian and Warren; son, Barry(Jeannine)Sun River,Montana, their children, Amanda(Nick) Ellingson, Jessica;  son, Vic(Barb)LaMoure, ND, their children, Erica(Nathan) LaVoi, Sandra Leach, Susan Wirth,Vanessa(Josh) Knutson; son, Ben(Cindy)Bagley, MN, their two children, Aliciaand Brent ; and daughter, Sally(Kerwin) Lund, Hazen, ND, their children,Danielle, Megan, and Lynnae Lund. 6 great grand children, her brother,Jack(Mary) Nelson of Aberdeen, SD, and brother-in-law, Aaron Rash ofBismarck, ND.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Mary(Neuman) Nelson and her sister Darlene Rash.A celebration of Phyllis's life will be held on May 16 from 2pm-4pm at theBuffalo Community Center. Memorials preferred to charity of your choice, noflowers please. Guestbook available online at

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  1. Sioux Falls Uncle Ed, Mike, Barry, Vic, Ben, and Sally and family,

    Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Recent years I swung by when they have been in AZ
    when I try to get out of cold north land. She will be missed!

    Kerry and Christina

  2. St. Louis MOUncle Ed, cousins Mike, Barry, Vic, Ben, and Sally and family,

    We are so sad for you at the loss of Aunt Phyllis. She will certainly be missed by all. I have fond memories of visits to the farm when we were growing up and frequent stops to see her at the Tower Cafe when I was traveling between ND
    SU and Bismarck.
    After Bill and I moved away from ND
    the visits have been fewer, but she has often been in my thoughts, especially through her illness.

    We will have a Mass said for Aunt Phyllis at our church in St. Louis on the 6th of June. Though we cannot be with you on Sunday, our thoughts and prayers will be with you. As we suffer the pain of losing her let us remember that pain and suffering are no longer part of her life in heaven. Phyllis has now joined her parents and my mom in singing with the angels!

    We hope to get together with some of you when we visit ND
    over Memorial Day. We will keep in touch.

  3. Champlin MN
    I am fortunate that I had the chance to visit Aunt Phyllis in recent years. One of those times was when my sister Teresa and I were in Mesa, AZ
    visiting our dad. Aunt Phyllis was her usual self–sharing stories of family and pictures of her great-grandchildren. I will miss her smile and her “chattiness.”
    I am also glad that I was able to see Aunt Phyllis before she died–to hold her hand and say “I love you.” Now she is with her sister (my mother) Darlene, smiling down on us all.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Eastleys at this time.

  4. Aberdeen, S.D.Thank you kids, for keeping me informed, of my sister’s
    health and progression, until my health, and family
    situations allowed me to come and be with you, and her,
    in her final hours. I’m forever grateful for outstanding
    care the Meritcare’s Palliative Care Unit gave Phyllis,
    her family and friends, during this very emotional time,
    in our lives. Thank you again, Ed, kids, and Meritcare’s
    Palliative Care Unit, for making Phyllis’ final days,
    as comfortable as possible for her.

  5. Grand Forks ND

    Although I never met your mother, I am amazed at how much you look like her!
    I’m glad you were home and able to spend time with your mom as the end drew near. I’m sure that meant alot to her.
    My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  6. Was sorry to hear about your Mother. I waited on her and Ed in Mesa AZ
    at the place I worked. Always looked forward to them coming in so I could hear of news from back home. My thoughts are with you all. Holly

  7. Spokane Valley WAAunt Phyllis will be missed greatly even though I have seen her seldom in the last years. She was always kind and generous to me. Her homemade lefse was always a wonderful treat (something that I have since learned to make as well.)

    Her children (my cousins) have been important throughout my life and I offer my heartfelt sympathy for their loss.

    She is now with her sister, my Mom, and can now enjoy life everlasting. My Mom always told me that no matter what she would be laughing at the things that my children do that I did when growing up. I hope that Aunt Phyllis and Mom have a glorious time smiling and laughing at what we do, our kids do, our grandkids do, etc.

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