PHYLLIS 'RICHARDSON' FERRALL, 90 LOVING WIFE, MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER MACHESNEY PARK - Phyllis "Richardson" Ferrall, 90, of Machesney Park died Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Rosewood Care Center. Born July 18, 1921, the daughter of Clifford and Mae Van Buskirk. Married Leroy Ferrall and had two children, Clifford Raymond "Butch" and Donna Mae. Retired from Woodward Governor after 38 years of faithful service in the clerical department. After Leroy's passing she met Lloyd Richardson on a nice Sunday at a music gathering where she offered him half of her seat, as the place was packed. Thereafter followed lots of country bluegrass music and traveling far and wide in their Studebakers. People from all over would know Phyllis and Lloyd when they arrived in their Studebaker; everyone knew she loved it so much. Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Richardson; daughter, Donna M. Abramovich; five grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Gerry Marma; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents; first husband; son; grandson; five brothers; and four sisters. She was a wonderful, kind and caring person and in the words of Lloyd, "my little sparrow will fly no more". Service at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ, 5550 Windsor Ave., with visitation from 11 a.m. to time of service; Pastor Wesley C. Poe will officiate. Interment in Willwood Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to the Leukemia Foundation. Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, is assisting the family. Express online condolences at: www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from May 3 to May 4, 2012