A viewing for RoxAnn Kovacs, age 54, will be held at Gunter’s Chapel on Friday, March 23 from 6-8 p.m. A funeral will follow on March 30 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawthorne.
Our beloved wife, mother step-mother, mother-in-law, Gramo, great-Grama Phylis, sister to eight, aunt and cherished friend, Phylis McGee, traded her home in Hawthorne for her home in Heaven on March 11 after a valiant fight with COPD.
Miss Phylis (Philly) had her own cleaning business for over 25 years, serving many businesses and homes before retiring and making many friends. She also worked over the years as a CAN, bartender, Keno runner and clerk at Safeway. She talked and laughed about the escapades over the years, having made many friends and fond memories.
She was crowned “Unified Veterans Queen” on Independence Day in the 50’s and enjoyed playing softball and bowling.
Phylis’ wish came true for a child in the 60’s and she was the best mother anyone could ever have.
She met Max in the 70’s and became the best wife anyone could have hoped for. They celebrated 40 years of marriage together last October. Phylis loved her family – each and every one of them.
She became a grandmother in the 80’s and beyond, enjoying every moment she got to spend with her grandchildren…going to ball games or just popping in for a visit. She later became a great-grandmother and cherished her great-grandchildren, spoiling them with love and candy and enjoying their company whenever she could.
Miss Phylis loved her country and was very active in local civic organizations. She was a member of the BPO Does, the VFW Auxiliary and served as president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 19 for many years, as well as holding other offices. She also served as State President and National Executive Committee Woman for Veteran and Family Concerns, attending meetings throughout the country to include Washington, D.C., Chicago and Philadelphia.
She was also true to her roots in Hawthorne, having been an avid community member. She was president of the Ladies Pool League and coordinated the annual community Easter Egg hunt for many years. She was also recognized for her many contributions to the area and was named the first “honorary Colonel” for a local organization.
Miss Phylis was the very best friend to so many who knew her. She just listened. She didn’t judge and she never complained. She was there for everyone…her family, her friends and anyone who just needed to talk.
Thank you, Phylis. Thank you, Mama. Thank you, Gramo. We love you. Thank you for praying, for listening, for caring, for your patience and for teaching us what it means to love and be loved. Thank you for your sense of humor. You will always be treasured and sorely missed. We will miss you so much because you loved us so well.
At Phylis’ request there will be no services. There will be a celebration of her life around her birthday.
Thank you to all who prayed, sent flowers and food, called, stopped by, held and just cared. We appreciate each and every one of you.