Phyllis G. Crooks

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Phyllis G. Crooks, 93, Sunnyside Avenue, Meadville, died Wednesday, May 8 2019, at the Crawford County Care Center.
She was born January 15, 1926, in Louisville, Ohio, daughter of the late Edna (Stitt) Shoemaker and Robert Shoemaker.
She is survived by daughters Phyllis J. Miller (Jim) Saegertown; and Cynthia A. Silvis (Craig) Midland, MI; grandchildren Kimberly A. Sherretts (Joshua), Meadville; Laura A. Silvis, Grand Rapids, MI; and Thomas C. Silvis, Portland, OR; expected great granddaughter Rosemarie Sherretts, Meadville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Phyllis was preceded in death by loving husband Robert H. Crooks, whom she married October 7, 1950 at First Lutheran Church, Apollo; and brother Robert "Os" Shoemaker, Apollo.
Phyllis attended beauty school in Philadelphia after graduation and became a beautician. This was her occupation for five years prior to becoming a loving wife and mother of two. She was a member at Faith Lutheran Church in Oklahoma, where she was very active on alter guild and as an usher. She enjoyed many church wide activities including making homemade apple butter and vegetable soup. Upon her move to Meadville in 2011 she became a member of Twelve Apostles Lutheran Church, and continued to be very active in church life, where she enjoyed participating in both Ladies of the Place and WORMS (Women Only Regardless of Marital Status), a group that met monthly to enjoy many local restaurants. She loved bowling, shuffleboard, Yahtzee, card games, and jigsaw puzzles. She was an avid watcher of Jeopardy and many other gameshows and at 93 had mastered the use of her iPad on which she liked to read, play solitaire, and do word searches. Though her husband was considered to have the green thumb of the family, Phyllis showed remarkable skill in orchid care, growing many repeat blooms. She and her husband spent much time together enjoying the country by bus and taking long walks on their local trail. Phyllis had a beautiful soul. She was loved by all who knew her, a grandmother to all. She enjoyed life in a way that is inspirational, taking both the good and bad in stride and had the ability to see the good in all those fortunate enough to cross her path. She will be sorrowfully missed.
Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 1-3 PM at Twelve Apostles Lutheran Church, 358 Euclid Avenue, Saegertown, where Funeral Services will be held at 3 PM with Rev. Mark Fischer, Pastor, officiating.
A Graveside Service will be held Monday, at 10:30 AM at Riverview Cemetery, 717 Highland Ave., Apollo.
In lieu of flowers donations made be made to Twelve Apostles Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 640, Saegertown, PA 16433 or a charity of choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of STEPHEN P. MIZNER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 404 CHESTNUT ST., MEADVILLE.
Share a memory or condolence at www.miznerfuneralhome.com
Published on May 9, 2019
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