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Phyllis Mae Stoming


Phyllis Mae Stoming, age 91 of Grand Rapids, formerly of Kalamazoo, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at her home at Heather Hills Retirement Village. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Frank Stoming; parents, John and Lavina Tucker; stepmother, Daisy Tucker; and brother, John Tucker. Phyllis is survived by her children, Leah (Greg) Hooks, Susan (Robert) Ozburn, Karen (Dennis Ellis) Bradshaw, Robert Stoming; grandchildren, Brian (Christine) Hooks, Kevin (Lindsay) Hooks, Katie (David) Powell, Robert (Becky) Ozburn, Kristen (Shane) Countryman, Kelly (Scott) Verhage, Robin (Whitney) Brown, Lauren Bradshaw (Justin Chenevert), Lisa Bradshaw; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Patricia (Richard) Werblo; and several nieces and nephews. Phyllis was born in Hammond, Indiana. She and Bob were married there in 1949 and moved to Kalamazoo in 1957. They lived in their house on Tipperary Road for the next 50 years. Their home and beautiful gardens were enjoyed by friends and neighbors and the site of countless family gatherings. Phyllis attended Indiana University but her allegiance was always to Notre Dame. She was an avid Fighting Irish football fan and loved to attend games in South Bend. She and Bob had a great affection for 40s and 50s jazz music and loved to dance. Phyllis was outgoing and loved meeting new people. She was a well-known volunteer in the Kalamazoo community, serving for many years on the boards of the Kalamazoo Chapter of the Girls Scouts of America and the American Cancer Society. Phyllis spent the last nine years of her life at Heather Hills where she was very active in the choir and often gave tours to welcome new residents. Phyllis was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a good friend to countless others. She lived a very full life and touched many. We were all so blessed to be a part of her journey. Private family services will be held Saturday, October 20. A reception for her friends at Heather Hills will be held at a later date.

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