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Friday, October 13, 2017

Phyllis I. Childs, 85, of Rte. 446, Eldred, PA

Phyllis I. Childs

Phyllis I. Childs, 85, of Rte. 446, Eldred, PA, passed away on Tuesday (October 10th, 2017) at Buffalo General Hospital, following a brief illness. 

Born October 5th, 1932 in Bradford she was a daughter of Everett E. and Betty Jones Piper. On June 28th, 1953 at the Eldred United Methodist Church, she married Norman F. Childs Sr., who preceded her in death on October 21st, 2010.

Phyllis was a 1950 graduate of Eldred High School and had been a lifelong resident of Larabee. 

Mrs. Childs was employed by the Artline Co. from 1950 to 1953, she then dedicated her time to caring for her family prior to returning to work in 1968 for Viko Furniture, which later became Ethan-Allen Furniture Co., prior to her retirement in 1998.

Phyllis was a member of the Eldred Seventh-day Adventist Church, and then the Derrick City Seventh-day Adventist Church after they combined, where she served as a deaconess and a children’s Sabbath School teacher. She was also an Elder in the Seneca Nation and a member of their Turtle Clan.

She and her husband Norm enjoyed many years of travelling and camping together, and she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Surviving are two sons, Craig (Susan) Childs of Bradford and Norman Childs Jr. of Louisville, KY; two daughters, Cathy (Dr. Richard) Freeman of Bradford and Cynthia (John) Gosenski of Salamanca, NY; five grandchildren, Kevin (Carol Steinagle) McGonnell of Buffalo, Heather (Andy) Bell of Bradford, Kurtis McGonnell of Salamanca, Kayte (Nate) LaRose of Allegany and Hillary (Steven) McPherson of Bolivar; nine great-grandchildren, Marisa, Grayson and Kullen McGonnell; Avery and Aubrey LaRose, Noah and Natalie McPherson, and Tenley and Liam Bell; one brother, Eugene Piper of Eldred; two sisters, Jean (Ted) Galutia of Wellsville, Joyce Campbell of Eldred, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband of 57 years, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Ali Childs, in 2016.

Friends may call Sunday at the Derrick City Seventh-day Adventist Church from 11:00 to 1:00, at which time funeral services will be held with the Pastor Lynn Gatz, officiating. Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.

Memorial contributions may be made to a local SPCA or of the donor’s choice.

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