Obituary: Phyllis June Goering


Phyllis June Goering, 90, of McPherson, KS, passed away at 10:35 p.m., Wednesday, March 31st, peacefully, at Pine Village, Moundridge.

Phyllis was born in McPherson, Kansas on August 1, 1930, a daughter of Mildred Helene (Casstevens) and Lester A. Brown.

Phyllis attended Roosevelt grade school, McPherson Junior High, and graduated from McPherson High School, McPherson, Kansas, in 1948.  She then attended one year at McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas, before transferring to Kansas State University at Manhattan, Kansas, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

She was a member of First Mennonite Church, McPherson, Kansas. Phyllis was baptized upon her confession of faith at McPherson Methodist Episcopal Church and transferred to First Mennonite Church after her marriage to Lyle.  She served the church singing in the choir, teaching an adult Sunday school class, and was Chairman of Trustees for eight years.

Phyllis was a homemaker and she took great pride in providing for her family in this manner.  Through the years she worked in her Dad’s grocery store till senior year and then went to work at Hubel’s Drug Store and Miller’s Printing and Book Store.  She later worked at Hinkle’s Department Store, McPherson Citizen’s State Bank in the bookkeeping department, McPherson Farm Sale Barn, and Sterling-Winthrop Pharmaceutical retiring from Sanofi Drug.

She was a member of Tri-Delta, Beta Omicron Sorority, Hospice, and Trustee at MCDS for 6 years.  Phyllis enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, race walking, and spending time with her family and friends.  She also volunteered her time and talent with  Hospice, the Red Cross and MCDS.

Phyllis June Brown was united in marriage to Lyle Gene Goering on September 15, 1950 at McPherson, Kansas.

She is survived by her children, Patsy Jean Heibert, of McPherson, Kansas, Joleen Sue Casebeer and husband Dennis, of rural Galva, Kansas, Janet Lynn Frans, of McPherson, Kansas, and Gene Allen Goering, of McPherson, Kansas; her 10 grandchildren, Bobbi Jo Ireton and husband Matt, Justin Alan Bickford and wife Carrie, Angela Christine Hall, Jennifer Marie Mizell, Julie Nicole Fiedler and husband Shane, Jesse Aaron Casebeer, Joshua Ray Frans, Joseph Tazwell Frans, Cassidy Lynn Goering, and Jared Peter Goering; 25 great-grandchildren, Bryson James Hall, Zachary Bickford, Alexander Patton Hall, Nicole Jean Casebeer, Adrain Chantel Casebeer, Jordan Ashley Girkin, Haley Jane Girkin, Collin Davis Bickford, Grace Mizell, June Mizell, Cainin Stanley St. John, Caiden Bickford, Mali Bree Casebeer, Axell Jett Casebeer, Kimber Fiedler, Brailey Odon, Ashley Odon, Sam Ireton, Daryn Ireton, and Katie Fiedler; other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lyle Goering; a brother, Donald Brown; a grandson, Austin Bickford; a granddaughter, Heather Frans; and a son-in-law, Dennis Frans.

Visitation will be on Friday April 9, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Glidden – Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas.

Funeral service will be held at First Mennonite Church, McPherson, Kansas, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 10th, 2021 with Pastor Rose Marie Zook Barber officiating.

Final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Mennonite Church,  Harry Hynes Hospice, or Johnson Cancer Research Center in memory of Phyllis and they can be sent in care of the Glidden – Ediger Funeral Home; 222 W. Euclid, McPherson, Kansas 67460.

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