Phyllis (Huggins) Laughhunn, age 89, of Centralia, was at her home praying to her Lord for her family on the morning of Wednesday, May 15, 2019 and was embraced in His arms that evening. Over the years Phyllis worked outside the home at St Mary’s Hospital where she later volunteered as a Pink Lady and also for Centralia City Schools’ food services. However, all who knew her saw that her heartbeat for her family as a problem-solver and creative fixer-saver along with her unyielding resolve, unending patience, ever-flowing faith in God, the untiring capacity to believe in and do good, and her ever-present smile sprinkled with winks. On her last morning, she spoke of all this as her adventure. She was an amazing curator of a massive archive of memories, including every greeting card received, boxes and drawers of mementos and trinkets, and every clipping and photo she could acquire through her infectious shutter-bug activity.
Phyllis’s life will be remembered and celebrated with family and friends on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia with Reverend Lee Redfern officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery of Centralia. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2019, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and also Wednesday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Eternity Baptist Church, her beloved spiritual family, or Residential Hospice, her extended family spanning years of care for both her husband and herself, including Tina and Tiffany and the entire team. Donations will be accepted at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home at 235 North Sycamore Street Centralia, Illinois 62801, (618) 532-3523, which is honored to be of service to the Laughhunn Family again. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sutherlandfuneralhome.com
She was welcomed to life and family by her parents, Nelva (Ring) and William Huggins on a wintry day in Rock Glen, Saskatchewan, Canada on January 20, 1930. She moved to the US at the age of 12. She married her next-door sweetheart, Linzy Laughhunn, on January 12, 1952, who has been waiting for her in heaven since December 14, 2018, after 65 years of marriage. She is survived by her 5 sons and a daughter, Richard Bollmeier (wife Margaret) of Centralia, Debbie LeComte (husband Jimmy) of Clinton Tennessee, Donald Laughhunn (wife Robyn) of Flower Mound Texas, Linzy Ray Laughhunn (wife Brenda) of Belleville Illinois, Tony Laughhunn (wife Lana) of Sherman Illinois and Paul Laughhunn, whom she never forgot, of Rapid City North Dakota; 20 grandchildren, the source of endless smiles for her, including among them Steve Schwalm; an ever-expanding number of great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, including Ron Huggins; and a circle of devoted friends, you know who you are.
Along with her husband Linzy, she is preceded in death by her parents; her four doting brothers that she adored and admired: Earl Huggins, Freddie Huggins, Gerald Huggins and Ralph Huggins; a daughter, Linda, missed every day.