Obituary Details

Phyllis Ruth David

(07/09/1928 - 09/01/2007)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 09/12/2007

Phyllis Ruth (Ridley) David

Phyllis David, 79, of Cheyenne died Sept. 1, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Cremation has taken place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes.

Phyllis was born to Elvin and Helen Ridley on July 9, 1928 in Sheridan and attended school in Sheridan graduating in 1946. She married Elwood David in June 1946 and settled on a family homestead near Decker, Montana. They later moved to Sheridan, then Lusk. Upon their divorce, Phyllis moved to Rapid City, S.D. where she attended college. Later she moved to Casper, attended college and worked as a bookkeeper for Centralift, Getty Oil, the State of Wyoming, then moved to Cheyenne and worked for OSHA until her retirement in 1996.

She returned to Sheridan until 2004 when she moved back to Cheyenne due to health reasons. Phyllis's youngest daughter Beth cared for her during her remaining years on dialysis.

Ms. David was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheridan, and Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Casper. She was a member of Sheridan County Cattlewomen, Sheridan County Historical Society, Cheyenne Artist's Guild, Casper Artist's Guild, Casper Desk and Derrick Club, Nicolaysen Art Center in Casper, Wyoming Heritage Society, Wyoming Artist's Association, Cheyenne Visual Arts Association, Women's Executive Commission to the Governor.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Melody and Dennis Newell of Esterbrook; Merry and David Potter of Sheridan, Van and Pam David of Big Horn, Faye and Gordon Potter of Rapid City, S.D. and Beth and Jay Mullendore of Cheyenne; a brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Shirley Ridley of Argyle, Texas; twelve grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Her parents, Elvin E. and Helen Ridley and a sister, Elaine Chutich, preceded Ms. David in death.

Phyllis loved "her" Big Horn Mountains and she enjoyed acting, writing, dancing, painting, and sewing and crafts. She was a loving and compassionate person and was loved dearly by her family and friends.

She will be missed immensely. A memorial service will be held in Sheridan at a later date and her family and friends will gather on her birthday next year in the Big Horn Mountains to celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to the Sheridan Historical Society or the National Kidney Foundation.

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