Monday, February 26, 2024

Phyllis Ann Kirkby, 71

| February 2, 2024 1:00 AM

Preceded by her beloved husband, Lee Kirkby, Phyllis died in her home Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024.

Born in Jolliet, Ill. on Nov. 15, 1952, Phyllis was the oldest of Alvin and Rosa Heiden’s six children. Melvin, Jared, and Edwin cherish her memory, Harley and Kenny preceded her in death. She bore three kids: Nikki (Rob) Shockley, Shana (Steve) O’Donnell, and Tyson (Sarah) Glahe; and shared with Lee Delisha, Josh, Justin, and Whitney. Phyllis doted on their many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

She and Lee were outdoorsmen who hiked, fished, and hunted. They adored their dogs and cats. Phyllis was an avid gardener who adorned her yard and house with flowers and was proud to feed her friends and family the fruits and vegetables she grew. She read voraciously. Phyllis loved that she lived in the small North Idaho community of Hope nestled in nature next to the lake.

Before retirement, she supported her family in a variety of roles in the medical and retail fields. She was a medical transcriptionist but was glad to work wherever she was needed.

Phyllis was the greatest fan at the sports events of her kids and grandkids and never afraid to share her opinion with the referees and those near her.  The family has many fond memories of camping trips, laughing, and sometimes arguing, around the campfire. The memories she shared from her teenage years were of fast cars and fun with her friends.

Family and friends are invited to sign Phyllis’ online guest book at

Arrangements are under the care of Coffelt Funeral Service.

Recent Headlines