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Phyllis I. Bodine

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Phyllis Irene (Harbaugh) Bodine, 94, passed away peacefully on Saturday the 15th of June 2019 in Russell, KS. 

Phyllis was born March 27, 1925 on her parent’s farm on Big Creek southwest of Russell.  She spent her early years on the farm, until moving to Great Bend in the 7th grade.  She married Bob Bodine in 1946, who was an airman stationed in Great Bend during World War II.  They lived in Great Bend, followed by service at air bases in Wyoming and Michigan, before Phyllis moved to Colorado Springs in 1958.  There she found work at First National Bank of Colorado Springs, where she worked in various roles until her retirement in 1985.  She retired to a small house she had moved to the farm of her youth on Big Creek.  Later she moved into town, residing for over 10 years at Lincoln Manor in Russell.  Phyllis was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 30 years.  She enjoyed traveling, gardening, dogs and reading, and was an avid student of the Bible.  Although childless, she shared her love and care with countless nieces, nephews, their children, and even their grand children, generously sharing her books, experiences, and love. 

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, James and Bertha (Ringeisen) Harbaugh, brothers Earnest, Lloyd, James, Willis, Ralph, Richard and Warren, and sisters June and Lillie Jean.  She is survived by her younger sister Bonnie.  Although childless, she shared her love and care with countless nieces, nephews, their children, and even their grand children, generously sharing her books, experiences, and love. 

A graveside memorial service to celebrate Phyllis’ life will be held at 11 A.M. on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Russell City Cemetery in Russell, Kansas, with Pastor Ezekiel Koech officiating.  Burial of the ashes will follow the graveside service. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary is in charge of the memorial service arrangements.