Ida Lucille Wyss, age 84, died Friday, Oct. 19 at the Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born April 12, 1928 at Newton the daughter of James Luther and Gladys (Merrell) Phillips. She grew up at Burns and graduated from Burns High School in 1946.
Lucille’s youth and teen years were busy with voice and piano lessons. She began playing piano in church at a young age. She played piano and organ at both Ebenezer and Florence United Methodist churches for 50 years. She played for programs, funerals and services as well as singing solos and working in the kitchen.
On Sept. 27, 1946 she was married to RIchard L. Wyss at the Ebenzer Methodist Church, rural Burns. This union produced four children, Sandra, Richard Jr. Marvin and Jeffery. Richard and Lucille began married life on farmsteads near Burns and in 1961 they moved to rural Florence. Lucille was a homemaker and helped with the farm chores. For several years she worked as a cook at the Cedar Point School.
As her health declined, she spent time in assisted living and later with full care at Salem Home in Hillsboro.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, Sr.; two sisters, Jane and Betty; and her parents. She is survived by her children, Sandra (Terry) Rodgers of Garden City, Richard Jr. (Darla) of Newton, Marvin (Paula) of Marion and Jeff (Lynda) of Florence; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Four siblings also survive, Bob Phillips of Hillsboro, Beverly Lefever and Kenneth Phillips, both of El Dorado, and Dorothy Koehn of Newton.
Services were held Tuesday at Ebenezer Methodist Church, rural Burns. Memorial is to River Cross Hospice. Ziener Funeral Home at Florence had the arrangements.