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Phyllis J. Kern

d. June 10, 2015

  • Born in April 9, 1938
  • Departed on June 10, 2015
  • Visitation: 12:30 until 2:00 PM Sunday June 14, 2015 at the Athens Christian Church
  • Service: 2:00 PM Sunday June 14, 2015 at the Athens Christian Church
  • Cemetery: Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens

Phyllis Kern, age 77, of Amboy, formerly of Athens, passed away on Wednesday June 10, 2015 at her home.

Phyllis is survived by one daughter, Valerie (David) Kern-Lyons of Amboy, IL; six grandchildren, Kristin Conn, Keri (Kyle) Howerton, Kassandra (Jesse Watts) Harper, Calista, Gerik, and Claretta Kern-Lyons; one brother, Robert (Joyce) Rust of Athens; eight great-grandchildren, Kobe Pratt, Tristan Conn, Logan Conn, Caydan Conn, Haevyn Votaw, Hudson Howerton, Mackenzie Harper, Riley Watts; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald; parents, Eugene and Emma Rust, daughter, Brenda Harper; and a sister, Kathy Humphres.

Phyllis was born April 9, 1938, in Springfield, IL. She graduated from Athens High School in 1956.

She married Donald Allen Kern on December 1, 1957 at the Athens Christian Church.

Phyllis retired from the Menard County Housing Authority.

She was an active member of the Athens Christian Church and Grace Fellowship Church in Amboy.

Phyllis was known for her gift of encouragement and had begun a card ministry at Grace Fellowship Church. She also had a passion for her family and was known for her gift of wisdom within her family.

Visitation will be held at the Athens Christian Church, where friends may visit from
12:30 until time of funeral services there at 2:00 PM Sunday, June 14, 2015.
Rev. Ken Gennicks and Rev. Brian McWethy will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Athens Christian Church or Grace Fellowship Church.


  1. Dear Keri and Kyle,
    Your Pawnee Christian Church family sends condolences and prayers this day in loving memory of your grandmother Phyllis.

  2. My deepest condolences to Valerie and family. Phyllis was a true Christian and loved God.

  3. Phyllis was a wonderful lady. So sorry for your loss and praying for comfort to your family during this difficult time.

  4. Valerie,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I have been thinking about your mom in recent days, wondering how you all are doing. I wish we could be there in person for your family. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers, praying for peace and strength, in the days ahead.


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