Phyllis J. Brown
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Phyllis J. Brown Holt Phyllis Joanne Brown, age 80, of Holt, MI, passed away January 20, 2011 in Lansing, MI. She was born April 21, 1930, in Lansing, MI, the daughter of Glenn and Ethel (Lane) Watkins. Phyllis is survived by her children: Gloria (Mike) Fauerbach, Dan (Debbie) Brown, Tom (Jean) Brown, Sue (Charlie) Hills, Sally (Jim) Laubach and Becky (Glenn) Kyler; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen (Bill) Eastman; brother-in-law, Lee Leyrer; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Beverly Leyrer. Phyllis retired from MSU Farm Credit Management after many years of service and was also involved in the Ingham County 4-H Extension group. She enjoyed painting, gardening, traveling and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI with Pastor Edgar L. Owens officiating. Interment immediately following in Leek Cemetery, Mason, MI. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Those desiring may make contributions to the Sam Corey Senior Center, 2074 Aurelius Road, Holt, MI 48842; or, Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 6300 East Eldorado Plaza, Suite 400, Tucson, AZ 85715. On-line condolences may be made at

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Published in Lansing State Journal from Jan. 23 to Jan. 30, 2011.
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January 25, 2011
We'll miss Phyllis! She was a beautiful woman both in and out, giving such kindness and encouragement to others. We'll keep you, family, in our prayers and thoughts. Bob & Marilyn Irvine from Olivet Baptist Church
January 25, 2011
Sue and Charlie: We are so sorry to hear of Sue's mom's passing. You are in our thoughts. Bruce and Nancy Milton
January 24, 2011
Dear Gloria and Mike and family,
I never met your mom, but I have heard tales from Gloria and I have a feeling Gloria took after her. So she must have been a wonderful woman. She was obviously a resourceful, hard-working, creative woman. I know you will all miss her very much. My sympathy for your loss.
Lora Hagen
January 24, 2011
Grandma was a very special lady. She always made me feel welcomed and loved. She will be forever in our hearts.
Bridget Martz
January 24, 2011
Nancy Jo and I both extend sympathies to your family in the loss of your mother. I have one funny memory. I was spending the night with Gloria. She made some cookies for 4-H I believe. I ate so much raw cookie dough that I wound up sick. Strange what memories come back at a tie like this.... Your Mom was always so involved with her children. She surely set the example for other family members.
January 24, 2011
Sue, my deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mother. Just wanted to let you and your family know that my prayers are with you. Brenda
January 23, 2011
Gloria, Dan, Tom, Sue, Sally, Becky....Your Mom was a very special lady. We have many memories of her and all of you and want you to know you are in our thoughts as you celebrate her life....
Clarence & Barbara Brown
January 23, 2011
Dear Sue and Charlie and Family,Our thoughts are with you at this time of your loss. Jim & Dee Hinshaw
James Hinshaw
January 23, 2011
We express our sympathies in the loss of your loved one and lifetime friend and wonderful classmate
Marvin&Vivian Lott
January 23, 2011
I have many, many fond memories of my co-worker that I lovingly nicknamed "Munchkin". We had 13 years of experiences at MSU Telfarm Center some good, some bad but she always had a smile on her face. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Juli Brail-Kerr
January 23, 2011
With sympathy, so sorry for your loss. Phyllis was such a lively lady and even when she was in her 70's she was working at the Senior Center.
Jane Wallin
January 22, 2011
My deepest sympathies in the loss of your loved one. My Aunt Phyllis was always with a smile and kindness flowed so easily from her heart. She will be deeply missed.
Michael E. Brown
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