Obituary: Runyon


Phyllis M. Runyon, 86 of Fairbury, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 am, Friday, March 23, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, Fairbury with Pastor Ann Champion officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 pm, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury; and 9:30 to 10:15 am, Friday, prior to the funeral at the church.

Memorial contributions may be directed to SELCAS or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Phyllis was born September 10, 1931 in Fairbury, the daughter of Phillip and Gladys Meeker Thompson.

She married Delbert L. “Sam” Runyon on September 30, 1951 in Fairbury. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Mark P. (Julie) Runyon of Fairbury, Scott M. (Suzanne) Runyon of Pontiac; daughter, Gail Norman of Normal, IL; son-in-law, Ira Diamond of Ramsey, NJ; six grandchildren, Matthew Diamond, Aaron Diamond, Trent (Shelley) Runyon, Josh Runyon, Trisha Norman and Trevor Runyon; two great-granddaughters, Kylie Runyon and Maeve Runyon.

Phyllis was an avid member of the First United Methodist Church of Fairbury, United Methodist Women and Silver League. She was also an avid Cubs fan, enjoyed traveling, and always enjoyed her lunch days with the 4 Phyl’s.

She will be dearly missed by her family and all that knew her in her many endeavors.

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