Phyllis Joan (Brooks) Richards passed peacefully in her
sleep at home on October 30, 2019. She was born on October 14, 1941 in Mountain
Home Idaho to Irving C. and Wilma L. (Heath) Brooks. The family ranched at Long
Tom and they lived in Mountain Home during the school year where Phyllis
attended school. Her family moved to Eagle in 1953 where they farmed and
Phyllis grew up with her siblings, graduating from Meridian High in 1960.
Phyllis married Bill D. Richards on August 13, 1968. Bill and Phyllis enjoyed
fifteen wonderful years together fishing and camping. They also had many family
get togethers with Brooks and the Richards, who forever kept her as “their
family too” even after Bill’s passing.
Phyllis retired from the State of Idaho after over 30 years
in the Controller’s office as an Administrative Assistant first to Joe R.
Williams and then J.D. Williams. In her retirement she enjoyed spending time
with friends and family. She worked hard to keep family together by planning
family reunions, creating a family book that had everyone’s contact
information, birthdays, anniversaries, and important life events. Phyllis was a
lifelong member of the Followers of Christ Church and loved her church family
She is survived by her two sons, Bill (Tami) Richards; Bob
(Cari) Richards; Sister, Jean (Don) Martin; brother Dick (Valerie) Brooks; 9
grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews all of whom
she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved
husband, Bill; sisters Mildred Scholfield; Evelyn Granden; and Mary Brooks.
Brothers, Bill Brooks; Bob Brooks; and Vern Brooks.
Although Phyllis was a quiet unassuming person, she leaves a
big void for us in her passing. She will be missed so much by many including dear
friends, Dick and Glenda Richards; Gary and Linda Malmen; and Pat Roller. The
family sincerely thanks friends and family for their help and support as
Phyllis’s health declined. A special thanks to friend, Pat, who checking in on
Phyllis almost daily for two years to help her and run many errands. Niece,
Lori, who was quick to come when Aunt Phyllis called, and the wonderful
caretakers from 24/7 in-home care and hospice nurses from All Care Hospice
during her final days on earth.
Viewing will be held at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel from 4
to 7 p.m. on Monday November 4
. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5th at Alden-Waggoner Chapel 5400 W. Fairview Ave. in Boise, Idaho. Interment will be at
Dry Creek Cemetery at 9600 Hill Road immediately following the services.