Phyllis Annette Chase

  • Born: June 18, 1925
  • Died: June 6, 2020
  • Location: Yorkville, Illinois

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Phyllis Annette Chase passed away peacefully on June 6, 2020, just 12 days before her 95th birthday. She was born in Moberly, Missouri on June 18, 1925 to Harry and Myrtle Morgan. She is survived by her brother Charles (Mary) Morgan and her sister-in-law, Jeanie Morgan. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Leslie and Alvin.

Phyllis grew up in small towns near Moberly and was advanced three grades before graduating high school from a one room school house at age 15. She joined the Navy during World War II, trained and served as a nurse at Watts Hospital in Durham, North Carolina and was always very proud of her service as a WAVE. She later moved into a career as a medical technologist, working in hospitals and clinics. In later years, she worked as a lab technician in chemical
research, her last job being at Amoco Research Center in Naperville, Illinois.

Phyllis met her husband of 58 years, Edward, on a blind date and they were married soon after, having three children, Deanna Chase, Cindy (Mike) Moore and Brian (Cindy) Chase. She is survived by her children and grandchildren, Greg Moore, Christina Moore, Ben Chase/Amy Betzelberger, Nathan (Anna) Chase, Kevin Moore, Dan Chase and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Phyllis was devoted to her family, her church and her friends. She always had a welcoming presence, a smile and an open ear to the many people whose lives she touched. Phyllis and Ed were active and devoted members of the Advent Christian Church and they lived their lives according to their faith. They actively supported those in need as well as finding many social connections through the church. Many remember the love shared in times of need.

Phyllis and Ed moved from Los Angeles to Missouri, Texas, Illinois, San Diego and back to Aurora as they followed Ed's career path. Aurora was twice their home and they lived most of their years there. in later years, Phyllis lived in care facilities in Naperville and Yorkville, Illinois, where she passed. Even as dementia limited her ability to communicate in her later years, she was loved by all who knew her and they felt blessed by her loving spirit.

Phyllis will be buried next to her husband Edward at Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.

A memorial service, recorded by her children and grandchildren, will be available on the Healy Chapel website, where the guestbook can be signed and comments and pictures shared. In

lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Heifer Project International at heifer.org or Aurora Advent Christian Church at auroraadvent.org.

To view a recording of the memorial service held for Phyllis please click the following link: https://vimeo.com/430084514 or click on the multimedia icon at the top of the page.

To view a tribute slideshow for Phyllis, please click the following link: https://youtu.be/QasQJG2hpKU or click on the multimedia icon at the top of the page.


Services


Condolence & Memory Journal

I remember growing closer to Phyllis when she and Ed would host me either before or after my two-weeks of intensive study at Mundelein University in February and August for three years in the late 80's. After they both were retired and traveling the US in their motorhome, we had the privilege of some extended visits at our place in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Phyllis was always loving and I will always cherish my memories of my sweet sister-in-law.

Posted by Jeanie Morgan - Chandler, AZ - Family   July 12, 2020

Deepest sympathy to the entire Chase Family for your loss.

Posted by Barbara, Mary Ann & Vince Michulsky - Scottsdale, AZ - Family Friend   June 23, 2020

One of my favorite memories of Phyllis was an occurence that happened back when Ed and Phyllis lived at Fox Knoll, Ed was taken to McCauley Manor for a week or so (I don't recall the issue he was having). I picked up Phyllis to take her out to visit with Ed. Cindy Chase was there when we got there.

Ed told me a story about a trip to the east coast to repair a piece of equipment built by Barber-Greene, and out of curiosity I asked him what the machine was supposed to do. He explained it, and I had no idea what he was talking about. He explained it again, and I was still in the dark. Then a McCauley staff member came in to do some kind of procedure on Ed, so Phyllis, Cindy, and I went into the hall. Once we were out of earshot of Ed, Phyllis explained what the machine was supposed to do in two sentences and I understood perfectly. Somewhat surprised, I asked Phyllis if Ed knew as much about nursing as she did about engineering. Her response, as only Phyllis could deliver it, was, "Oh, I don't think so. I didn't talk as much." Bob Dillon

Posted by Bob Dillon - Aurora, IL - Friend   June 18, 2020

My favorite memory of my grandma was when she cheated at Candy Land. My mom and I had gone back to visit her in a nursing home while she was rehabbing from her stroke. She had some trouble with her speech and physical strength, but she was still lucid and sharp. One day during our visit, after giving her a mani/pedi, we decided to play Candy Land. It was Grandma's turn, she picked up a few too many cards, looked through to see which one would move her along the furthest, and then put the rest back. My mom wasn't paying attention, so I called Grandma out and playfully said hey, are you cheating?!. She looked up at me, there was a twinkle of mischief in her eyes, she smiled her great smile, and said, No! like a little kid who just got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. She never admitted to it, but she knew exactly what she was doing. And we laughed and laughed and kept playing. I think Grandma won that round too. It still makes me laugh to think about it. Her smile and warmth are the things I will always remember the best. I am her only granddaughter, and that gave us a special bond. I am so grateful for my memories. I love you, Grandma. *photo of Kevin and Christina Moore with Grandma on her 90th birthday*

Posted by Christina Moore - Petaluma, CA - Grandchild   June 17, 2020

"They lived their lives according to their faith." No truer words could be said about Ed and Phyllis. They were wonderful individuals and a dynamic duo as husband and wife, mother and father, and cherished grandparents. Our love goes out to the family.

Posted by Rick and Lois Johnson - Friend   June 16, 2020

Deanna, Brian and Cindy and family, Cindy and Mike and family, please accept our condolences as your mourn the passing of your Mom. She was the kindest, most loving and cheerful person and always had a smile. She and Ed loved our family and we loved them and gave such wonderful memories of holidays and Bible studies in their home. May the Lord comfort you all in the days ahead.

Posted by Bob, Carolynne, Sinon, Helen Briggs - Raleigh, NC - Friend   June 16, 2020

Deanna and family, I am very sorry for your loss, and praying that you will know God's mercy and peace at this time.

Posted by Laurie Eve Loftin - West Chicago, IL - Family Friend   June 15, 2020

So very sorry for your loss, Brian. We hope you find peace in good memories.

Posted by Derek and Robyn Plant - Batavia, IL - Coworker   June 15, 2020

Hello Brian, I'm so very sorry to hear your Mother passed away. Please except my sincere sympathies.

Posted by Jeneen Irvin - Aurora, IL - Coworker   June 15, 2020

O ur sincere and deepest sympathy to you Deanna, Cindy & Mike and family, and Brian & Cindy and family. Your Mom Phyllis was truly a Christian role model for many of us younger adults. We were blessed to have known her and to have called her a friend, along with Ed and with all of you. May you experience anew God's Love, His peace and His presence at this time in your lives. Ray & Jan Bezanson

Posted by Revray Bezanson - Watertown, WI - Friend   June 14, 2020

Phyllis was truly a kind-hearted and sweet lady. I worked with her at Dreyer Medical Clinic in the 1970's. Also went to Aurora University with Deanna. I'm sorry for your loss, but it appears as though she led a long and blessed life. Janet Fryar Rohlfs

Posted by Janet Fryar Rohlfs - Mt. Vernon, IL - Friend   June 12, 2020


Family Album

My favorite memory of my grandma was when she cheated at Candy Land. My mom and I had gone back to visit her in a nursing home while she was rehabbing from her stroke. She had some trouble with her speech and physical strength, but she was still lucid and sharp. One day during our visit, after giving her a mani/pedi, we decided to play Candy Land. It was Grandma's turn, she picked up a few too many cards, looked through to see which one would move her along the furthest, and then put the rest back. My mom wasn't paying attention, so I called Grandma out and playfully said "hey, are you cheating?!". She looked up at me, there was a twinkle of mischief in her eyes, she smiled her great smile, and said, "No!" like a little kid who just got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. She never admitted to it, but she knew exactly what she was doing. And we laughed and laughed and kept playing. I think Grandma won that round too. It still makes me laugh to think about it. Her smil