Phyllis “



Roberts, 66, of


was tragically taken at the hands of a drunk driver on

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

, in Morton. She was driving from her home in


, where she had lived for the past13 years. She died doing what she loved, traveling with her husband, Terry, to help others in their time of need.

She was born Phyllis Councilman on

Jan. 4, 1941

, in her parents’ home in


. She spent the early years of her life in the

South Seattle

area. Later her parents moved to the



, where she lived until the mid 70’s.

In 1978, Phyllis married Terry Roberts, whom she was lovingly devoted to for more than 29 years.

A graduate of the Kennewick Business School, Phyllis worked as an office manager for a number of medical and dental practices around the Northwest. She had worked for offices in Prosser, Pasco, Port Townsend, Walla


, and most recently in Spokane.


, every employer Phyllis worked for would come to voice high praise for her integrity, her loyalty, her ingenuity and her positive, “can-do” attitude.

She was a kind and generous woman, who took great pride in being a pastor’s wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and Sunday school teacher. Her love for Jesus led her to dedicate her life to serving her Lord. She looked forward to spending her retirement years devoted to many different projects, including her much beloved work in the children’s ministry at Westside Chapel in Cheney.

A former race car driver, Phyllis loved adventure and lived life to its fullest. She was optimistic and always chose to look for the good in people. Phyllis constantly impressed others with her handywoman skills, intellect, and sense of humor. She enjoyed being “the fun grandma” and liked to brag about beating all her grandkids in arm wrestling. She was a positive influence on everyone with whom she came into contact. Her smile, laugh, kindness, generosity, and fun-loving personality will be missed by the countless number of people who loved and adored her.

She is survived by her husband, Terry Roberts of Spokane; two daughters, Dawn Wilcox of Spokane and Diana Dunham and son-in-law, Doug Dunham, of Walla


; one son, Dean Wilcox and his fiancée, Teri


, of Richland; one sister, Doris




; one brother, Alan Councilman of Tacoma; a former daughter-in-law, Tammy Wilcox of Burbank; a former son-in-law, Ken


of Spokane; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews; her loving church family; and the neighborhood cats.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her father,


Councilman; her mother, Lois Councilman; an infant sister, Leah Councilman; a brother-in-law, Wilmer


; and nephews, Tim Davis and Eric



A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 21, 2007, at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Benton City, 1103 Horne Road. Pastor Rob Fairbanks of New Community Church of Spokane will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children’s Ministry Fund at Westside Chapel in Cheney.

In addition to the memorial service in Benton City, a “Home Coming Celebration” will be held in Phyllis’s honor on Sunday, July 22, 2007, at 6 p.m. at Westside Chapel, South 14408 State Route 804, Cheney. Cattermole Funeral Home in Winlock is in charge of arrangements.


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