Phyllis Sherrell – May 6, 1934 – November 6, 2015

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sherrellPhyllis Sherrell joined the love of her life, Floyd, in Heaven, on November 6, 2015. As True Love would have it, she passed away the same date, exactly one year after Floyd.

So the story began…. Once Upon A Time…Phyllis was born in New York and had many adventurous times there with her extended family, especially with her favorite cousin Bill Pesce, and her dear Aunt Margaret. When she was 17 years old, she and her sister moved to Miami Beach, Florida, with their father. Phyllis worked as the Cosmetic Manager at the Woolworth Company, and there she met her Prince Charming, Floyd. He was the store Manager. It was love at first sight! After just 3 months, they were married. The ventures over their 61 years of marriage included 20 moves in 8 different states. From the East coast to the Southern Coast, to the West Coast, even Hawaii, their adventures never ended. Phyllis’ entrepreneurships included Sherrell’s Seafood Restaurant, in Mobile, Alabama; Sher’s Italian Restaurant, Jackson, Mississippi; Phyllis’ Specialty Dress Shop, Selma, Alabama; Sherrell Brother’s Car Detail Shop, Atlanta, Georgia; and Grandpa’s Furniture Store in Duncanville, Texas.

They first came to Duncanville, Texas, in 1970, where they established their most significant roots. Phyllis’ devout faith led her and Floyd to help establish Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She was a dedicated Sunday School Teacher for many years. She was also very active in the Zoning Program, and the Cursillo Program. Her favored act of service was working with Teddie Anderson to create the first youth group and folk choir.

In the 1997, Phyllis, Floyd and their oldest son, Donnie, moved to Biloxi, Mississippi to care for her mother in law, whom she loved dearly. There they enjoyed many visits by special friends and relatives. After Hurricane Katrina, they moved back to Texas to be with the grandchildren. Their move to Midlothian gave them the opportunity to become adopted grandparents to many Midlothian kids! They were known as Poppy and Grandma by all. There was always a pot of Spaghetti and Meatballs on the stove to warm the hearts and stomachs of many.

Phyllis’ nurturing spirit was evident in everything that she did. She had a deep affinity to care for others, especially those oppressed, disabled, and hurting. She was a prayer warrior for all and devoutly prayed twice a day, every day of her life, up until her last day when she was too weak to hold her rosary. Phyllis’ order to life was Pray, Love, and Eat!

Phyllis is survived by her sons, Donnie Sherrell and Mike Sherrell; daughters, Joni Sidler and husband, Mike, and Toni Schweizer and husband, Rob; gandchildren, Anthony Schweizer, Armena Schweizer, Victoria Sidler, and John Sidler and wife Amanda; and great-grandaughter, Sutton Sidler. Phyllis is also survived by sister, Elizabeth Dundee, and her children, Charles Dundee, Patricia Knight, and Michael Dundee from Florida; brothers-in-law, Donnie Sherrell and his wife Caroline and Virgil Sherrell; sister-in-law, Betty Sconiers; nieces and nephews, Barbara Rhudy, Donna Sherrell, Patricia Aslin, Tommy Sherrell, Joy Sherrell, Floyd Sherrell, Sheryl Psaila, Lesa Sherrell, Josh Sherrell, Linda Sherrell, Robbie Sherrell, and Donnie Horne and wife Allie and children; a host of cousins and relatives in New York and New Jersey; as well as her “love them like my own” children, Jerry Sidler, Don Sidler, Gordon Sidler, and Michelle Sidler, and their families; and countless, precious friends from Holy Spirit, several of whom were with her hours before she was reunited with Poppy.

They say that ‘True Love Never Dies”. We find comfort knowing that Phyllis is dancing with Floyd and enjoying eternal peace with Christ. And They Lived Happily Ever After…

jaynesMass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am, Thursday, November 12, 2015, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1111 W. Danieldale Road, in Duncanville, Texas.

Burial will follow in Dallas Fort-Worth National Cemetery.

Visitation with the family is 6:30 to 8:00 pm, on Wednesday, at Jaynes. The Rosary will begin at 6:00 pm.