Phyllis Wales

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Phyllis D. (Foust) Wales, 96, passed away July 24, 2014, in Klamath Falls. Phyllis was born Dec. 2, 1917, in Iola, Kan., to Kenneth Horville and Anna Loretta (Fryer) Foust. Her brother, John, was born two years later. She graduated from Iola High School and attended community college in Iola before transferring to the University of Kansas, where she received a bachelor's degree in business in 1939. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. She remained a lifelong "Jayhawk" and followed the KU basketball team with great zeal, changing her schedule in order to watch the games. After graduation, she moved to the Washington, D.C., area and worked at the Pentagon starting in 1940-41. She was administrative assistant to General Hap Arnold. In Baltimore, she met William "Bill" L. Wales Jr., who was in the Army's intelligence service. Phyllis and Bill were married April 7, 1946. After the war and Bill's honorable discharge, they moved to Klamath Falls and built the house that remained their home until their deaths. They had two daughters, Diana and Sarah Anna "Sally." Although not formally employed outside the home, Phyllis' business skills were invaluable to Bill's civil engineering practice - forming both a business team and a loving partnership. In the days before computers, documents were typed, mimeographed and hand collated. Many evenings, the entire family was recruited to collate construction bid documents from an assembly line set up by Phyllis around the dining room table. Phyllis loved her home and garden. During the summer, she was often in the yard until well after dusk. The backyard on Clinton Street hosted many wonderful events through the years, including the annual wine tasting group barbecue. Phyllis enjoyed participation in numerous civic groups. She reached "Lifetime Membership" in the American Association of University Women (AAUW) - a distinction few members achieve. Her daughters were preschoolers when she joined and lifelong friendships were formed with many AAUW members. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for more than 60 years. In addition to DAR, she enjoyed memberships in numerous other patriotic organizations. She loved travel and, even when the girls were young, the family explored much of the U.S. and took occasional trips to Mexico. When both girls graduated from high school, the family spent several weeks in Europe. After Bill's retirement, the couple enjoyed numerous trips to Europe and cruises throughout the world. At 90, Phyllis joined her daughters for an extended Mediterranean cruise, exhausting them with her energy and enthusiasm. After suffering a stroke in 2010, she was unable to live independently. She chose to move to an assisted living facility in Klamath Falls rather than move in with either of her daughters, who both lived out of the area. She wanted to stay in her home community and close to her friends. She was blessed by these friendships, her life enriched by visits and phone calls from her friends. Phyllis maintained her keen sense of humor throughout her declining years, kept up with the news - paying particular attention to the British Royal family (she'd visited Britain frequently) - often shared her travel experiences and carried on delightful conversations. Her family and friends will miss this lively woman. Phyllis and Bill joined St. Paul's Episcopal Church shortly after moving to Klamath Falls, and Phyllis remained active in the church until her health made it impossible. Her faith, the support and love of her church family were a great comfort in her final months. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother; husband; and daughter, Sally. She is survived by daughter, Diana; granddaughter, Elizabeth Wales Hendren (husband, Jonathan Johnson); and great-grandson, Jesse Robert Johnson. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 801 Jefferson St., Klamath Falls, Ore. Eternal Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Herald And News on Aug. 3, 2014
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