Phyllis Ann Holley, beloved mother, Nanny and Great Nanny, passed peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, November 14th, 2023, after a short time on hospice at Buena Vida Nursing and Rehabilitation in Odessa, Texas.
Phyllis was born in Olathe Kansas on November 5th, 1934, to Floyd and Doris Schellhorn. Her family moved to Odessa at an early age following her father’s job from Kansas to Texas. She met her beloved husband Chester (Peewee) Holley, in Odessa and they married August 5th, 1952. They were married for thirty-eight years before Chester’s passing in 1990. The couple were blessed with six children, fourteen grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren. Phyllis was a loving mother who also worked outside of the home. Some of her jobs include: Henderson Drug, ECISD, Woolco and Walmart. She proudly retired from Walmart on March 4th, 2005, after working there for twenty-two years. She had the pleasure of meeting Sam Walton while working there but I am sure he was more blessed for meeting Phyllis. Phyllis was an “Avon Lady” for many years. She volunteered at MCH as a Pink Lady and enjoyed making popcorn for everyone on Tuesdays.
Her greatest joy and blessing were her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved watching all game shows, but her favorite was Wheel of Fortune, while she loved watching Wheel of Fortune, she was the greatest fortune for all of us. Every grandchild spent time with her solving puzzles.
She is survived by her son, Phillip Eugene Holley and wife, Raylene; son, Ricky Lynn Holley and wife, Beth; son, Chester Wayne Holley and wife, Malinda; daughter, Frances Elaine Holley (Sis); as well as her only remaining sister, Virginia Hammond; and all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, Doris & Floyd Schellhorn; her husband, Chester (Peewee) Holley; her infant twins, Marilyn and Marvin; as well as her sisters, Luryle (Junie) Schmuck, Hazel Hughes; and brothers, Dale Schellhorn & Jerrald Schellhorn.
Phyllis will be missed terribly by all who knew her as we witnessed at Buena Vida as the different staff came to say goodbye to her. It was common to have former Walmart coworkers approach her while out and about with stories from Walmart and the olden days.
Please keep the family in your prayers as we process the loss of our matriarch. Phyllis (Nanny) will be laid to rest on November 17, 2023, at 10:00 am at Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the MCH Ladies Auxiliary, the Pink Ladies.