Phyllis Kunz

Phyllis Davis Kunz, 90, passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

She was born Sept. 6, 1922, to Sigard and Eva Warnberg in St. Anthony.

Phyllis married Jay Lester Davis on Jan. 5, 1940, and moved to Teton Valley shortly thereafter, where she lived the rest of her life. Jay passed away in 1968, and Phyllis married Ross Kunz in December 1971. Anyone who knew them knew that Ross and Phyllis loved each other and lived happily ever after. Ross preceded Phyllis in death in 2011.

Phyllis was one of the great characters of her generation. After Jay died, she continued driving a bulk milk truck, hauling milk to Rexburg and to Ririe until 1971, then sold the route and the truck to Ross Foster. She then went to work as a deputy at the Teton County Sheriff's office. She was one of the founding members of the Valley of the Tetons Library in Victor.

Ross worked for Teton County Road and Bridge until he retired and they became snow birds in the winter. They had many friends in Nevada and were the hub of the activities among them.

Earlier in her life, Phyllis and Jay worked hard on the small ranch they owned off of Cedron Road. She mowed hay with a horse mower and cut firewood and always had a large noon meal for the hands and family. She was a great cook! Although there was not a lot of money, there was always a lot of love in her family and in her life.

Phyllis was and is a hero to a lot of people. Her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren always respected her for her wisdom and straightforward honesty. She was a no-nonsense person who naturally commanded respect. She held her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren's feet to the fire when needed, and they all loved her and honored her.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Robert Jay (Connie) Davis of Salt Lake City, James K (Lora) Davis of Victor, Jana Davis (John) Gauruder of Tremonton, Utah, William Ross (Jenny) Kunz of Florida, Victor Alma Kunz of Florida and Dedie Maire (Craig) Kunz of Florida; brothers, Gene (Elaine) Warnberg of Iona and Ray (Donna) Warnberg of Walla Walla, Wash.; and sister, Ruth Fell of Idaho Falls.

She was preceded in death by husband, Jay Lester Davis; husband, Wayne Ross Kunz; sons, Leo Dee Davis and Lawrence Wayne Kunz; and daughter, Jaylyn Davis Mecham.

Services celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Victor LDS Church on East Center Street. Viewing will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, and one hour prior to services Friday, both at the Victor Church. Burial will be in Cedron Cemetery under the direction of Flamm Funeral Home.

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Phyllis will be missed by family and friends.

Published in Post Register on Nov. 14, 2012