She married Glen Eugene Arthur August 26, 1949. They lived with Glen’s parents for about a month until they rented a house. When they moved there, everything they owned fit in the backseat of their 1938 Chevrolet. They were both employed at the local shoe factory.
Glen and Phyllis built a home in the White Rock community, where they raised five sons. They worked the dairy farm with Glen’s parents for many years, while Glen also worked outside the home and Phyllis was in the business of family, farm, friends, and clubs. In later years, Phyllis worked from Rust Utility Shop, where she and Glen had gotten into the water well pump business with her brother, Edgar. They ended up buying the business and built their own shop south of town, where ARPCO Pump still remains today.
Phyllis received Jesus as her Savior in September 1956. She was a faithful servant throughout the rest of her life, as many know of her tireless efforts in being involved in the Texas County Hospice of Care beginnings. She was faithful to her church family and always at hand to help in whatever was needed.
Phyllis loved gospel music and loved to sing. She was the soprano voice for the quartet along with Russell Koch and Ed and Verna Moore. They sang at many church functions and funerals, and also had a sponsored radio program.
She was involved in various clubs and organizations including Missouri University Extension, White Rock Quilting Club (met every Wednesday and stayed for lunch), Bunco Club, and started a support group for widows that named themselves OWLs (On With Living). She was always eager to play Uno with her grandchildren (and some accused her of cheating) and absolutely loved seeing them and hearing any new stories about them.
Phyllis’ health had been declining the last several years, but she continued to work every day at the family business. She was the recipient in 2013 of the Missouri Older Worker Award due to her stubbornness to not stay home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen; an unborn child; her parents; brother Glenn; and sisters Leona, Faye, and Hazel.
Phyllis is survived by her five sons, Bill and wife Vivian of St. Louis, Missouri, Bruce of Phoenix, Arizona, Robert and wife Connie of Mansfield, Ohio, David and wife Teresa of Houston, Missouri, and Jeff of St. Louis; seven grandchildren, Amanda and Jeremy Krill of Hicksville, Ohio, Megan and Chris Strain and Grant Arthur of Mansfield, Ohio, Luke and Jodi Arthur of Houston, Caleb and Rachel Arthur of Houston, and Kingston and Krystal Arthur and Alexis Arthur of St. Louis; great-grandchildren Riley, Grace, Carter, Sydney, Trinity, Hayden, Makenzi, Jordan, Jacob, Deacon, Delaney, Eden and Zion; brother Edgar Rust; sister Wanda Tate; many nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends.
Phyllis received her eternal reward October 6, 2015 surrounded by family singing God’s praises.
Services were Saturday, October 10, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Oak Hill Christian Church. Officiating were Don Crockett, Jeff Arthur and Kingston Arthur. Burial was in White Rock Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were grandchildren Amanda Krill, Megan Strain, Grant Arthur, Luke Arthur, Alexis Arthur, Caleb Arthur and Kingston Arthur. Honorary pallbearers were great-grandchildren, Riley, Grace, Carter, Sydney, Trinity, Hayden, Zion, Makenzi, Jordan, Jacob, Deacon, Delaney, and Eden.
Donations may be made in her honor to Texas County Hospice of Care or White Rock Cemetery.