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Phyllis Smith

February 18, 1932 — June 19, 2020

Phyllis Smith

Phyllis Jean Smith of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

Phyllis was born in Independence, Kansas on February 18, 1932 to William F. and Fern Pauline (Megredy) Noah.  Her mother died in 1936 and her father married Harriett Miller, and they had a girl and two boys.  Phyllis lived with her grandparents Frank and Elnora Noah in Caney and graduated from Caney High School in 1950.  She worked for Sinclair in Independence for four years and then worked for Farmland Industries for 37 years in Coffeyville, retiring in 1994.  She was married to Harry M. Howard and they were later divorced.  They had one son, Harry M. Jr.

Phyllis married J. R. Smith on August 15, 1959 in Coffeyville and they moved to the South Coffeyville area.  J. R. preceded her in death on January 26, 2018.  She was baptized at the Baptist Church in South Coffeyville where they were members for several years before joining Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church in Coffeyville.  She and her family belonged to the Circle C Saddle Club and later the Honeybees Camping Group.  After retirement she delivered “Meals on Wheels” for six years, then volunteered at the gift shop at CRMC Auxiliary for ten years.  She and J. R. enjoyed a number of vacations with family members, playing cards and going to “senior citizen” dances.

Phyllis is survived by a son, Harry M. Howard Jr. and his wife Carolyn, a step-daughter, Marjorie Malone; one sister, Kathryn Weitharn; two brothers, Forrest Noah and Bill Noah; four grandchildren, Kristie (Ken) Blagg, Tim (Sharla) Howard, Jim (Kim) Malone, Jon (Jennifer) Malone and eleven great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, and parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by stepmother, Harriett Noah and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church, 416 W 2nd St, Coffeyville. Committal services will immediately follow at the Fairview Veterans Memorial Patio.  Phyllis will be laid to rest next to J. R. in Fairview Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville.  Social distancing is encouraged and appreciated by the family during this time.  The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to either Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church or CRMC Auxiliary; and may be left in care of the chapel.   To leave a message of condolence visit

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Past Services


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel


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Funeral Service

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Emmanual Southern Baptist Church

416 W 2nd St, Coffeyville, KS 67337

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