Phyllis Jane Bishop


Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2005


  Phyllis Jane Bishop

Phyllis Jane Bishop

Longtime Homer resident Phyllis Jane Bishop died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 84.

A viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Homer. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the church. A reception will follow at the church. Burial will follow the reception at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road. Ray Hillman will officiate. Pallbearers will be Stephan Bishop, Dan Veerhusen, Will Bishop and Kit Barnett.

Mrs. Bishop was born Nov. 1, 1920, in Lake City, Colo. She received her elementary education in a one-room school house. Her mother taught her during high school and she boarded with a family and also attended Gunnison High School in Gunnison, Colo.

Mrs. Bishop moved to Alaska in 1946 and moved to Homer in 1951. She worked for the railroad in Carry and also homesteaded in Clam Gulch. She ran the Inlet Trading Post with her husband from 1954-73 and then alone until retiring in 1977 to spend time with her grandchildren. She also worked for the school, driving the food delivery truck to Anchor Point, and worked in the cafeteria from 1966-1969.

"An adventurer, she said she always got restless in the spring. It was in the spring she came to Alaska with her young daughter to find new opportunities for herself. Her stories of a young Alaska, through the eyes of a cheechako have entertained all who have listened. The hardships and struggles she overcame have been an inspiration. She was the strength of our family and loved us with devotion. There is no way to describe how much we will miss her down-to-earth wisdom, practical advice and uncanny sense of humor.

"Our mother could always look at a situation and bite out a bit of humor. She had a multitude of friends who share our appreciation of her wonderful, unique qualities. Many enjoyed her enthusiasm for pinocle and say thoughts of her will always bring a smile. When she was given an invitation she only asked, "When?" She loved life," her family said.

Mrs. Bishop was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon Grey; and husband, George Bishop.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Jane Veerhusen and Will and Tammie Bishop; daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Kit Barnett, all of Homer; grandsons, Justin Bustamante of Portland, Ore., Brison Grey of Seattle, Adam Veerhusen of Homer, Brett Veerhusen of Seattle and Stephen Bishop of Homer; granddaugther, Shelbi Bishop of Homer; sisters, Ruth Wallace of Cortez, Colo., Marion Ashwood of Gunnison, Colo., and Helen Noyes of Phoenix; and a brother, Joe Youmans of Powdertown, Colo.

The family prefers memorial donations be sent to the Homer Senior Citizens.

Arrangements were made by the Homer Funeral Home.

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