|Birth: ||Jun. 13, 1928|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 2010|
Obituary: Phyllis Irene (Kingsley) Challis
June 13, 1928-July 3, 2010
PENDLETON - Phyllis Irene (Kingsley) Challis, a resident of Pendleton, died on Saturday, July 3, 2010 at St. Anthony Hospital. She was 82 years old.
A Memorial Service for Mrs. Challis will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton. A gathering will follow the service at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Challis was born on June 13, 1928 in Miller, S.D. to Lawrence and Ella Kingsley. The family moved to Walla Walla, Wash., in 1938, amid the "northern migration" during the Great Depression. She graduated from Wa-Hi in 1946.
In 1947 she married Leighton Fields and had a son, Michael Fields. Leighton Fields died in a car accident in 1950.
In 1953 Mrs. Challis married Eldon Jordon and had a daughter, Debra Jordon (Preston). Mrs. Challis and Eldon later divorced.
In 1957 she married Eugene Challis and had a son, Robert Challis. That marriage later ended in divorce.
Mrs. Challis was a master at canning; tomatoes, peas, pickles, peaches, pears and cherries. Until the time her children left home, the canning room was a great source of pride for her. She worked at the Pendleton Woolen Mills for thirteen years, the Bon Marche and as the bartender at The Pendleton Eagles Lodge, from which she later retired.
She was a 43-year member of the Eagles Lodge, and past madam president of the Women's Auxiliary. She had been very active in the PTA, Camp Fire USA, and the Camp Fire Girls junior organization the Blue Birds.
Mrs. Challis is survived by her children; Michael Fields of Pendleton, Debra (Jordon) Preston of Oregon City, and Robert Challis of Umatilla, her brother Donald Kingsley of Milton-Freewater and 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leighton Fields, and a brother Robert Kingsley.
Maintained by: Dan & Barbara
Originally Created by: Kim & Bill Wilson
Record added: Aug 02, 2010
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