Phyllis McBee-Gibbons

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McBee-Gibbons, Phyllis, 93, died Monday, August 4, 2014. Phyllis was born May 24, 1921 to Earl and Mary Wells Carl on a rural farm by a horse and buggy doctor from Mulvane, KS. Later, a brother, Jack, was born and a sister, Melba. Both are now deceased. The family moved to a farm west of Douglass, Kansas and sister, Jeanne Berg, was born. Farm homes in this era had no electricity, no in-door plumbing, or no gas for fire! Therefore, duties of the children were to carry in buckets of water for cooking, washing clothes, and bathing from a hand-drawn well, carry in arms-loads of chopped wood to cook with and heat the home in winter, help plant and weed the garden, gather eggs, turn the hand-turned washing machine and many other chores. There was no juvenile delinquency in this era as everyone was "too busy." Phyllis attended all eight grades at Richland Consolidated School, graduated from Douglass High School. She represented the school in County and State drama contests, winning many honors and a scholarship from Drake University. She was inducted into the National Honor Society. She was active in 4-H and won the State Championship in demonstration work. She attended Emporia State Teachers College and obtained a teachers certificate, spending the next three years teaching. At age 19, she taught in a rural school requiring her to build fires in a coal furnace, carry in drinking water, and cooking noon lunches for the pupils. Pay was $65.00 each month. World War II was escalating. She was hired by Cessna Aircraft in the material-control office. She met and married Charles Inlow. He was drafted, served as a tail gunner on B-24's. His plane was shot down and he was a prisoner-of-war in Germany. Her first-born, Allen, arrived in 1946. In 1953, she married Jesse "Bud" McBee from Miami, Oklahoma. In 1954, her daughter, Shelley, was born. The family enjoyed boating, water skiing, and camping. During retirement, Bud and Phyllis traveled extensively to many states, including Alaska, Hawaii, Apostle Island, Carribean Cruises, and Europe. Bud suffered through colon cancer and passed away in 1987. Phyllis was den mother for her son's scout troops, and Girl Scout leader for her daughter's troops, from Brownie through Jr. High taking the troops on many camp-outs. She was P.T.A. President and honorary life time member, a leader in 4-H, Sunday School Teacher, Bible School leader, and always said, "there is no tonic as effective as working with young people!" She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi for over fifty years and was honored as Woman of the Year, active in Project Beauty for twenty-some years, chairing many committees and holding office many times, member of P.E.O. for twenty-some years. Retired from Sedgwick County Extension service where she organized twenty-some F.C.E. units in the county, a member of Mt. Vernon Methodist Church and the 65'ers more or less. She enjoyed bridge and played with the same club over 20 years. In 1990, she married Jesse "Bus" Gibbons. This brought her four more step-children, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren whom she loved and enjoyed very much. Bus passed away in 2006. Those she leaves to mourn: son, Allen and daughter-in-law, Janet Fenn Inlow; daughter, Shelley and son-in-law, Steve Hansley; grandchildren, Mary Jo (Joshua) James, Larry (Niki) Inlow, Patricia (Andrew) Henderson, Jon (Natasha) Hansley; five great-grandsons, Jayson and Dominick James, Tyler Inlow, Connor Inlow, Jacob Hansley; great-granddaughter, Marisa Hansley; sister, Jeanne Berg; step-children, Patricia (Ernie) Crosthwaite, Phil (Connie) Gibbons, Dorrie Gibbons, Marcia (Jerry) Roseberry; step-grandchildren, Maggie Thoms, Mike, E.J. and Ed Jones, Michelle and Cory Thompson, Kim Robinson (Tatia Wood), Jenny and Marc Gregg, Daniel (Christine) and Theresa Gibbons; 7 step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by step-son, Rick Gibbons. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Share tributes online at:

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Published in The Wichita Eagle on Aug. 6, 2014
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