Phyllis Eads (Sissy), 85, of Amarillo, TX died Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
Services will be at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will follow at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Phyllis was born May 10, 1937, in Artesia, New Mexico to Dugan and Lillie (Ansley) Taylor. When mother came into this world, she did not come alone, she had a twin brother with her who passed away at an early age, quite a surprise to everyone. Mom lived in several places in New Mexico. She met her first husband at a roller rink in Hagerman, New Mexico. He was stationed at the Air Force base in Roswell, New Mexico. They fell in love and married in Carlsbad, New Mexico at her sister’s house. In the 10 years they were married they had 4 kids. We moved from New Mexico to overseas in the Azores Islands, back to California, and then to Okinawa, Japan. Dad was killed in Vietnam in a plane explosion in 1966 and is still MIA.
We moved to Texas where her parents and family lived. Several years passed, she found love again, married, and we were blessed with a baby brother. They divorced a few years later and life went on.
Mother returned to school and got her GED, along with several certificates from Amarillo College, while we kids were still at home. She had several jobs; one was at the American Quarter Horse Association. She also moved to Taos, New Mexico, and bought a telephone answering service and a Bed and Breakfast. Next, she moved back to Amarillo and started traveling again by riding in an 18-Wheeler Semi across the United States with her friend and love, Larry. They traveled many years together. Mom’s sight and hearing became worse, so she settled back in Amarillo to be close to kids and grandkids. She had many interests and hobbies. We took many trips together. Some were fishing and camping, and she loved to go to Las Vegas. Mom raised racing pigeons, rabbits, and chickens. She loved to garden and canning food. She liked to go to Carlsbad Caverns, she even rode the zipline on Fremont Street in Vegas. Mother met many people in her travels new and old; but her family was her biggest blessing, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She lived a long and healthy life. We were all shocked at her death, expecting her to pull through, but her body was not strong enough to beat the pneumonia that attacked her. She will be remembered forever in our hearts. Love you, mom.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mary and DeeDee; two brothers, Raymond and Phillip; her first husband, Robert Cairns; second husband, Lee Eads; granddaughter, Amy Mabery; daughter-in-law, Debra Cairns; son-in-law, Dennis Watson; and grandson, Robert Post.
Survivors include children, Cheryl Wheeler and husband Charlie, Phillip Cairns and wife Debra, Charlotte Post and husband Leslie, Ronald Cairns and fiancée Darlene Spencer, Timmy Eads and wife Dena; grandchildren, Kristina Olivarez and husband Mike, Melissa Custer and husband Brad, Robert Watson and wife Penny, Joshua Cairns, Bobby Jay Post, Matthew Cairns, Michael Cairns; great-grandchildren, Taylor Watson, Ashlie Olivarez, Phillip Weber, Ashton Weber, Jalen Huber, Alauna Fleming, Raquel Secoy, William Secoy, Lexi Mabery, Jordan Cairns, Juliet Cairns, Ali Mabery, Mary Post, Marley Post, Marley Cairns, Michael Cairns, Nevaeh Cairns, Aspyn Hill, Hunter Hill; numerous nieces, cousins, and nephews; and special friends who meant a lot to her, Larry Bell and Melvin Tyler.