Phyllis Jean (Bunney) Hawkins was born on February 28, 1932, in Skidmore, Nodaway County, Missouri. She was born west of Skidmore on her Uncle Ralph and Aunt Fannie “Bo” Wright’s farm. Phyllis wrote: “My dad brought Mom from Uncle Ralph’s from Atchison County several days before my birth. They traveled there by horse and wagon. They told me it was so cold the day I entered the world, they placed heavy blankets to the windows to keep me warm. My uncle and dad chopped wood for the fire and rocked me a lot.”
The family lived north of the Burr Oak Church until Phyllis was two years old, where they got a bad infestation of fleas brought in from the barn. They moved from there to the R.W. Holt farm, back to Atchison County in the Daleview community. The family attended church at Walkup’s Grove, where her father, Harry, was the superintendent. Phyllis attended 12 years of school at Fairfax, graduating in May 1950.
After her marriage to Donald Hawkins, Phyllis and Donald lived east of Fairfax in the original Robert Walkup home, where they farmed for 34 years. Phyllis still resided in the “Old Walkup Home” where the Walkup’s Grove Community first began in 1880. The community first began with a cemetery and then a church. Phyllis called both Walkup’s Grove and Burr Oak her home.
Phyllis wrote: “I still share my love for animals (inherited from her father) and my love for many flowers (inherited from her mother).” She enjoyed her grandchildren and what they were doing.
Phyllis Jean Bunney was married to Donald L. Hawkins on July 30, 1950, in Fairfax, Atchison County, Missouri. Phyllis and Donald were divorced in July of 1984.
Phyllis passed away at Nodaway Nursing Home near Maryville, Missouri, on November 11, 2019.
She is survived by sons: Greg of Fairfax and Robert of Tarkio, Missouri. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jody (Jake) Bradbury, Kirk Hawkins, Jordan Hawkins, Lacy (Chuck) Rudisill, and Luke (Megan) Moore; and six great-grandchildren.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her daughter, Jeanie Moore; her parents; a sister, Helen Miles; and her brother, Wendell.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 15, 2019, at the Christian Church in Fairfax, officiated by Rev. Bob Fleming. Burial was in the Burr Oak Cemetery, near Skidmore. Arrangements were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax and Craig.