Obituary of Phyllis Mae Coombes
Phyllis Mae Coombes, 80, passed away peacefully at home of natural causes on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, surrounded by her family. And not from that “cobra” she would tell you.
If you ever met Phyllis, you knew quickly that her zest for life, ability to talk a mile a minute, and treatment of everyone as family, made her unforgettable. She loved her family ferociously.
Her dedication in supporting her family drove her work ethic. After long shifts at the bakery, she loved her boys so much that she always brought home their favorite treats, extra gooey cinnamon rolls and overstuffed custard eclairs, before making dinner of fried potatoes for Dad.
At one point her son felt she was more popular than him because all of his high school friends bought donuts from her every day. It was here that she developed the enjoyment of decorating cakes. She had a natural born talent to listen to a bride and then create their dream wedding cake.
Her love of travel started in the truck with daddy where they traveled the lower 48 states, followed by many road-trips from coast to coast, the Calgary stampede, China, and most recently to celebrate her first great grandson’s high school graduation and her 80th birthday.
There was no denying Phyllis’s love of dancing. It spanned the decades, multiple generations and cultures from swinging with Pops, Deanna, and Blaine on Saturday nights to teaching new friends local and abroad how to jitterbug. Her feet never stopped moving.
She never met a stranger and treated everyone she met like they were family. After retirement she worked another 13 years as a Costco sampler. Many children called her “Grandma Costco” to her delight, and she loved every interaction.
Phyllis created a lovely family who will miss her greatly. She is survived by her sons
James (Candy) Coombes and Carl (Jennifer) Coombes; grandchildren, Jamy, Justin, Robert, Kourtney, Amanda, Michael, Todd, Kaitlynn, Jasmine, and Audrey; great grandchildren, Gavin, Makenzie, Jordynn, Delilah, Sierra, Alayna, Selena, Jayden, McKenzie, Kyler, Kaislynn, Chloe, Shyanna, Makenna, Kalijeaux, Todd, Indie, Easton, and soon-to-be Chloe.
As one of her grandchildren recently wrote, Grandma was a spitfire, full of sass, honesty, and love. We will never forget the stories, the hilarious phrases or the pristine organization. Rest In Peace Grandma and hug Pops for all of us.
Join us for a viewing at Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell on Thursday, January 27 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Following the viewing is a private graveside service at Canyon Hill Cemetery.
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