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Phyllis Audell Trembley

August 22, 2016

Phyllis Audell Trexler Trembley, age 81, passed away August 22, 2016 at the Park Lane Nursing Home, Scott City, Kansas. She was born in 1935 in Palco, KS to grocery store owners Edna Irene Rudman and Roland Winifred Trexler. At the age of 5 Phyllis, her two siblings Awyn and Allen, and her parents, moved to Hill City, KS where her parents established the “Trexler Store.” Phyllis grew up working in the family store, visiting the family farm and traveling with her parents from Oregon to the big woods of Wisconsin. After graduation from Hill City High School in 1953, Phyllis attended Fort Hays University and earned duel bachelor degrees in Child Speech Therapy, a new field at the time in Kansas, and Elementary Education. In 1957 Phyllis married Joseph Andrew Trembley and the couple moved to Syracuse KS where Phyllis was employed as a speech therapist and teacher and Joe ran the local auto shop. In 1961 the couple bought land in northwest KS along the Prairie Dog creek where Joe began farming and Phyllis accepted a teaching position at Selden Elementary School. In 1974 Joe and Phyllis welcomed a daughter, Andrea, and Phyllis took 10 years off from teaching to be a stay at home mom. In 1984 Phyllis returned to education as a High School Librarian and Art teacher. She also returned to Fort Hays University to complete her Master’s Degree in Library Science. Phyllis continued to teach until 1999 when she retired with Joe to Colby KS. Phyllis enjoyed numerous clubs and activities in Colby including the Red Hat society, UMW, TOPS club, Art in the Park, volunteer at the Colby Museum of Art and History and other community projects. Phyllis moved to Park Lane in Scott City in the fall of 2012 to be near her daughter Andie and son-in-law Greg Strong. Her memory will continue to inspire those knew and loved her. Private services will be held at a later date and time. Memorials can be made to the Camp Lakeside Endowment Fund.
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