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Phyllis Norine Plath

August 23, 1922 - September 17, 2017

Obituary


Phyllis Norine Plath, age 95, passed away Sunday September 17th, 2017. She was born August 23, 1922 in Howard City, Michigan the daughter of Fred & Elizabeth Plath. She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Donald Plath (Helen), Fred Plath, her sisters Marian Rowland (Bob), Maxine McDonald (Charlie) and her sister Jean who died in 1938 at 14 years of age. She is survived by her sister in law, Kathleen Plath, and many nephews and nieces. She had many valued friends and church relationships that were important to her. Phyllis grew up on the...

Phyllis Norine Plath, age 95, passed away Sunday September 17th, 2017. She was born August 23, 1922 in Howard City, Michigan the daughter of Fred & Elizabeth Plath. She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Donald Plath (Helen), Fred Plath, her sisters Marian Rowland (Bob), Maxine McDonald (Charlie) and her sister Jean who died in 1938 at 14 years of age. She is survived by her sister in law, Kathleen Plath, and many nephews and nieces. She had many valued friends and church relationships that were important to her. Phyllis grew up on the family farm in Coral, Michigan and enrolled in the Cadet Nursing Corps in 1942 with Mercy Central School of Nursing, an affiliate of what is now St. Mary's hospital. She went to school in Chicago and Grand Rapids and often talked how the nuns would lock the doors if you were not in by curfew. She worked briefly at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Center and then began a more than 36 year career at Ferguson-Droste Hospital in 1948 and held various positions including supervisor in Surgery and office and scrub nurse until her retirement in September of 1984. She had a reputation as a quick witted and efficient nurse with a high degree of responsibility and dependability. Phyllis had many passions including cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, travel, golf, the Detroit Tigers, church functions, and was a sacrificial servant to her friends and family. She also was a pet lover having many faithful dogs and cats that were her constant companions. In her last days, Phyllis was cared for by the staff of the Sanctuary at St. Mary's, the very same organization in which she herself began her nursing career. A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at The Church of the Nazarene on Friday, September 22nd at 11am with family greeting guests from 10am to 11am. A visitation will also be held on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm at Reyers North Valley Chapel. An interment service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to The Church of the Nazarene - 861 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The family also wishes to thank the staff of Spectrum Health Hospice.