Phyllis Conley


     As I sit down to write this obituary of my previous
sister in the Lord, my mind is filled with so many
memories. My heart is heavy from missing her, but
at the same time I think of her resting - her work here
is over - I am excited for her! Everyone who knew and
loved her saw her suffer so much, but yet she fought her fight with
cancer, never doubting God would heal her and he did. She gave all
of us strength. When we would be in church, however bad I felt when
I saw her, I felt ashamed to complain. I saw her go from a strong,
beautiful woman to a weak (physically speaking) yet still beautiful
woman. Always happy to be able to be out, she appreciated every
day that she was blessed to be out.
     Sister Phyllis was born on November 18, 1942 to the late Dennis
and Herma Smith. In early life she married Jimmy Conley and unto
this union was born 2 sons, Kevin (Cheryl) Conley and Mark Jason
Conley, and one daughter, Sherry (Brian) Mullins. One son, Mark
Jason, preceded her in death. She loved her children and her special
grandchildren beyond love. She looked forward to her family visits
so much. Her life was filled with shopping trips with the grandchildren
and over night visits. She loved her family so much.
     Kevin, Cheryl, Brooke, Ashley, Sherry, Brian, Zack and Meagan,
she was so proud of all of you! We had very few conversations that
did not include you all.
     God called her home on April 24, 2005. Sister Phyllis had 6 sisters,
Faye Wicker, Joyce Watts, Jessie Cornett, June Conley, Brenda
Kay Brewer and the late Collene Smith; and 3 brothers, Randall Smith,
the late Elmer Ray Smith and Darrell Smith. She loved her nieces,
nephews and friends.
     Sister Phyllis joined the church on December 8, 1996 and was a
faithful member until her death. Her shouts have silenced here, but
they are still heard in our hearts and minds. Her seat is empty in the
Rock Fork Church; sometime we still look for her.
     In closing, I would not even try to say that I know the hurt of
Brother Jimmy, but I do know that he has memories and special blessings
that come with those memories. By living with Sister Phyllis,
you know that her pain and suffering is over, and now she waits the
soon coming of the Lord.

      Sister in the Lord, Sarah Jackson


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