Phyllis J. Anderson
1932 - 2021
Baier Family Funeral Services - Paxton - Paxton
406 E Pells Street
Paxton, IL
Phyllis J. Anderson
Born: October 21, 1932 in Dixon, IL
Died: November 18, 2021 in Paxton, IL
Phyllis J. Anderson, 89, of Paxton, IL, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Accolade of Paxton Senior Living.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021 at First Baptist Church, 111 East 2nd St., Dixon. Baier Family Funeral Services, Paxton is handling arrangements.
Phyllis was born on a beautiful fall day, October 21, 1932, in Dixon, Illinois to William Herbert and Georgia Bryant Pruitt Mayes. She was the third youngest of 11 children and was raised by her older sisters when their mother passed during childbirth. All of the siblings remained very close their entire lives.
She graduated from Dixon High School in 1950 and married Ronald L. Sitter April 5, 1951 at the First Baptist Church in Dixon. Together they shared three children, Peggy, Jay W. and Patricia.
Phyllis worked for Dekalb County Health Department, Dixon One Stop and Forster Implement Co. as a bookkeeper. She later worked at Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton and Ford County Health Dept. as a nurse's aide and was a home health care provider for many years. She truly loved her work with the elderly and was so very patient, gentle and kind to all that she cared for.
In September 1973 she married Arnold Anderson at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul. They made their home in Paxton for 43 years. He preceded her in death September 3, 2017.
Phyllis was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Paxton. She served graciously on the Diaconate Board, Covenant Women, kitchen committee, Kid's Club and attended Adult Sunday School class. She especially enjoyed Wednesday morning bible study with her friends, led by Pastor Craig Pinley and attended Ford County Christian Women's Club for a lot of years. She was very strong in her faith, loved her church, serving the Lord and spreading the word of Jesus, John 3:16. She and her husband also delighted in delivering Meals on Wheels to shut-ins in Paxton.
Phyllis was a wonderful baker and cook, making the most delicious pies. She was known to drive around and find someone who looked like they needed a pie. She was affectionately called the "Pie Lady." One of her very favorite things was hosting family night dinners, where everyone could bring a friend. She was happiest in her kitchen, at home and at church.
She was wise, witty and a person of strong virtue who had the best advice and a wicked sense of humor. She loved her family and will be missed beyond words.
Phyllis is survived by her three children, Peggy Forster, Jay W. Sitter and Patty (Blake) Johnson; three step daughters, Susan Thomas, Laura Cline, and Nancy Gibb; nine grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and seven sisters.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Dixon. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at
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Phyllis and Andy and their family were such wonderful neighbors, she was always kind, my prayers are with her family that will miss her.
Jeff Swank
November 24, 2021
Patty our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Carol and Joe McCabe
November 22, 2021
Patty - you and yours are in my thoughts and near to my heart.
Martha Rice
November 22, 2021
You may not remember me but I was married to a Flanagan when I met your mom (dad/stepfather), "Andy" many many years ago. I believe all you children were ranging from maybe age 5 or 6- mid teens. I will always remember Phyllis as a happy-go-lucky lady who was so sweet and always finding something positive to say. She had a wonderful sense of humor and it always showed....she was always smiling or laughing, teasing some out of their "grumpy moods"! I just loved her from the first time we met! And Andy and she were a perfect match!!! Such a kind man! I did not know he'd passed but I will always remember Andy with a kind smile too!
Diane Van Matre
November 20, 2021
Your mom was such a sweetheart and I loved when she was my neighbor. She always spoke and an infectious smile. She is in a better place, but I know how much you will all miss her. May God help you through this time of grief. God bless you all.
Cindy Nuss
November 19, 2021
Phyllis will definitely be remembered for her genuine kindness, sweet smile, and caring personality. She definitely loved her family and welcomed all friends and visitors to her home as if they were family. She truly was a great cook and a wonderful pie maker. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Lena Adkins
November 19, 2021
My deepest sympathy Peggy, Jay, and Trisha. Prayers for strength at this difficult time and the Lord give you comfort as you remember her remarkable life and the love she gave so many.
Shalyn Darr-Pettman
November 19, 2021
Will miss you so much my heart is breaking. Glad you are at peace and with Jesus and all of the family. Prayers to Peggy,Jay and Tricia. Hold onto the memories May God bless you❤
Cindy Beeman
November 19, 2021
I love you, my sweet Grandma
Meghan Forster
November 19, 2021
Phyllis was such a sweet friend. We were neighbors for awhile. I remember the fun we had garage selling a few times. I have been a recipient of a pie or twoand invited to a dinner. I will always remember her kindness. Rest In Peace a Phyllis❤
Vicki Watson
November 19, 2021
Phyllis was a wonderful lady. I’m happy to say that she welcomed me into her family over 20 years ago and shared with me her love of pies. I’ll miss her smiling face and kind heart. ❤
Sara Forster
November 19, 2021
We enjoyed chatting with Phyllis at church. I used to direct the choir at the Evangelical Covenant Church. Phyllis always made a blueberry pie for me around the holidays. I don't know how she found out that was my favorite, but she never forgot. Delicious pies and always so nice, but with an ornery streak. She always made me smile. I'm sorry she is gone from this earth, but God needed her with Him now. Such fond memories she gave me.
Mark & Carolyn Maulding
November 19, 2021
What a wonderful life story. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you remember your mother
Laurel Reutter
November 19, 2021
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