Phyllis Hilleary Wilson Johnson (92), a longtime resident of Nucla CO. went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, 8-2-23.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Harold Hilleary of Nucla, CO., Kenneth Hilleary of Grand Junction, CO., and sisters Arlene Wilson of Redvale, CO. and Julia Elliot of Nucla CO.
She was survived by her children Connie (Jim) Lynch of Grand Junction, C)., Roxanna (Tony) Theodore of Grand Junction, CO., Tammy (Kyle) Akers of Colorado Springs, CO., Robert (Sandy) Wilson of Farmington, NM., Barbie (Larry) Bruce of Farmington, NM., as well as 11 Grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her long service with the Postal Service, becoming one of the first female appointed postmasters in Colorado, she was very active in her community. She was a dedicated member of the local Moose Lodge, the ladies auxiliary of the VFW, the Lions Club, as well as a volunteer with the local Senior Citizens organization. She also enjoyed her time in various Bridge Clubs and Bowling League.
She was blessed to be cared for in her waning years by her family, particularly her Grand Children, Ayngel and Tom Beggs and Derick Wilson as well as her Great Grandchild Justin Skelton.
She was of the generation that put family first and worked hard at everything they did. She survived the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, three wars, two marriages and a myriad of challenges, all without complaining or giving up. She was an inspiration to her family and a living example to those around her of how to live with grace and dignity.
Graveside Services will be held at the Nucla Cemetery on Friday, August 11th at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to either the Nucla-Naturita Ambulance Service or the Rimrock Historical Society.
She is and will be greatly missed.