Phyllis Cecelia Gillis-Schock, 71, of Fairbanks, beloved mother, grandmother and sister went to be with the Lord on June 15, 2013, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Church, with a viewing at 9:30 a.m. Phyllis will be laid to rest at Birch Hill Cemetery immediately after the services.
Phyllis was born July 19, 1941, in San Haven, N.D., to John and Lucy Gillies and was the 12th of 15 children. Phyllis studied at Flandreau Indian Vocational School in South Dakota and became a dental assistant. In 1960, after completing her training, Phyllis accepted a position working for public health and was stationed at numerous clinics throughout the Midwest. In 1973, Phyllis was selected for a position in Indian Health Services in Fairbanks, and excitedly packed up her family and drove up the Alaska Highway.
She made the decision quickly upon arriving in Alaska to make this her home and to raise her children here. She served with Public Health/Indian Health Services for 47 years and retired from Tanana Chiefs Conference Dental Clinic. During this time, Phyllis traveled throughout the Interior and made many lifelong friendships.
Phyllis was an avid reader and enjoyed a good western or mystery novel. Her favorite pastimes were berry picking, cooking, hunting, fishing, and visiting with family and friends. She was quick witted and always punning with people to get a laugh or a smile. There were no strangers to Phyllis; just friends who she hadn't yet met. She was an empathetic listener and could always offer a good piece of advice.
In 1999, she married Gerald Schock, and they enjoyed spending time with family and cherishing her four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Gerald; daughters, Jacqueline, Felicia and Lucy; grandchildren, Athena, Justin, Deshawn and Daylin; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Cadence, Elijah and Isaiah. Phyllis also is survived by her siblings, Clifford, Joseph, John, Peter, Fred, Margaret, Mary Ann and Geraldine; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by brothers, Raymond, Frank and David; and sisters, Mildred, Viola and Angelique.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.