Phyllis Louise (Ludwig) Egland was born on July 3, 1934, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was adopted days later by Lloyd and Leona Ludwig. She was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and worked for a radio station and the airlines in Chicago, Illinois before she married Dave Egland, on July 5, 1958. While living in Waukegan, Illinois they adopted their first child in 1964, and their second child was born in 1967. Dave and Phyllis moved to Florence, Colorado in 1972 with their two daughters, Tina, and Christine. Phyllis spent most of their childhood as a stay-at-home mother, providing a loving home for her family and being a room mother and girl scout leader. When the girls were older, she worked part-time for Gus' Service Garage in Florence and The Cowboy Chapter of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. When Dave retired from his career as a heavy equipment operator, he went into business for himself as The All-American Gutter Man, while Phyllis did the bookkeeping and managed the scheduling and ordering of supplies. After their retirement, they traveled together with their fifth-wheel trailer and explored the country. Phyllis was widowed on June 23, 2002, when Dave passed after a brief bout with Leukemia. In January 2019, Phyllis was fortunate enough to locate her birth family. She learned that her mother, Winifred Richards (Whitaker) Quirk had named her Betty Jean. Forced to give up her daughter, Winifred lamented the loss of her baby girl her entire life. She later had a son, Garry Lee Whitaker, who married and had four children. Phyllis was reunited with her birth family in March 2019 when the family gathered in Florida. She was as thrilled to find them as they were to find her. Although she was not able to meet her mother or her brother before their passing, she was able to learn all about them through her brother's children and grandchildren. It brought her great joy to add to her family so many new loved ones through her birth family discovery. Throughout Phyllis' life, her primary focus was her relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was very involved with her church, led countless Bible studies, and worked for a season with Canon City Pregnancy Center. She was always willing to minister to anyone in need and was involved in many outreach ministries. Everyone who knew her knew she lived her life to honor God in all that she did. She loved everyone with the love of Christ. She is survived by her two daughters, Tina Cook and Christine Egland; son-in-law, Lee Cook; grandsons, Joel Cook, Kevin Cook, Nathan Cook, Daniel Cook, and Kyle Clasby; great-grandson, Erik Cook; great-granddaughter, Scarlett Clasby; two sisters-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her birth mother, Winifred Richards (Whitaker) Quirk; adoptive parents, Lloyd and Leona Ludwig; husband of nearly 44 years, David A. Egland; birth brother, Garry Lee Whitaker; adoptive brother, Roger Ludwig; grandson, Matthew Cook; granddaughter, Leona Cook; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Visitation will be held Monday, October 25, 2021, at Holt Family Funeral Home in Canon City, Colorado, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the Evangelical Free Church in Canon City, Colorado, at 10:00 a.m. Eulogy to be presented by Karen Van Riper, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Praise Community Church - Community Luncheon Ministry in Florence, Colorado, or Canon City Pregnancy Center in Canon City, Colorado. Online condolences at holtfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
Published by The Canon City Daily Record on Oct. 23, 2021.