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Phyllis KEMP


Phyllis J. Kemp, 77, of 3000 Lincoln Hill SE, Quincy, died at 2:55 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 16, 2010) in Sunset Home, Quincy.

She was born July 13, 1933, in Quincy, a daughter of Clarence and Ruth Trout Drew. On Oct. 20, 1956, she married Frank Kemp in First Christian Church in Quincy. He survives.

Phyllis was a 1951 graduate of Quincy High School and went on to attend Gem City College. She worked in the office at National Biscuit Company in Quincy and was a switchboard operator at the Illinois Veterans Home.

She was a charter member of the Gospel Hour Baptist Church, now Bible Baptist Church, under Dr. Fred McArthur; and was a current member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Quincy Christian Women's Connection. Phyllis was a very patriotic person and was stirred at the sight of a parade.

Survivors in addition to her husband include two sons, Troy Kemp and his wife, Angie, of Quincy, and Matt Kemp and his wife, Teresa, of Quincy; a daughter, Tish Milligan and her husband, Tom, of Mackinaw; seven granddaughters, Kristy Beights and her husband, Chad, of Carterville, Kelley Milligan of Mackinaw, Alyson Kemp of Quincy, Madeline Kemp of Quincy, twins, Abigail and Hannah Kemp of Quincy, and Gretchen Kemp of Quincy; two great-grandchildren, Kyler Beights of Carterville, and Holly Milligan of Mackinaw; a niece, Drew Ann McDermott of Quincy; and a nephew, Bruce Nielsen of Eldridge, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Dorothy Nielsen and Rachel Boll; and a brother in infancy.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Friday at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Rev. Mickey Farlow conducting. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

MEMORIALS: QHS Marching Band, Calvary Baptist Church Awana Program or a charity of the donor's choice.

ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.


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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig on Nov. 17, 2010