canton - Phyllis E. Sepich, 87, of Canton died at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 14, 2014, at Graham Hospital in Canton.
She was born Aug. 20, 1926, in LaGrande, Ore., to Lester E. and Grace S. (Simons) Essex. She married Donald L. Sepich on May 1, 1948, in Canton. He preceded her in death on June 4, 2014.
She is survived by two children, Philip (Krista) Sepich of Canton and Elizabeth (Jack Isbell) Hollister of Canton; four grandchildren, Todd (Deana) Sepich, Heather (Rob) Beaty, Courtney (Josh) Putman and T.J. Barnard; five great-grandchildren, Cody J. Smith, Connor Beaty, Trevor and Carleigh Putman, and Marissa Barnard; one sister-in-law, Ruth Essex; one son-in-law, J.C. (Tammy) Barnard; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Leslie Barnard; two brothers, John and Donovan Marnell Essex; and one sister, Jennell Waite.
Phyllis was raised on her family farm and graduated from Ellisville High School in 1944.
She worked for Brown's Snappy Service and later worked at International Harvester in Canton.
She was a longtime board member of the Canton Campfire Girls and the Canton Country Club Ladies Golf Association.
She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and was well known for her cooking and entertaining. Phyllis was a loving mom, grandma and great-grandma and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, where visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Canton and the family will receive friends for a time of food and fellowship at Barnard's Barn on E. Cypress in Canton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ellisville Library Fund or to the Ellisville Fire House Fund.
To view Phyllis' tribute video or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.