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
, 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
Jan. 4, 1941
, in her parents’ home in
. She spent the early years of her life
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
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
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
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to the Children’s Ministry Fund at Westside Chapel in
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.