Phyllis Elizabeth Kile, 87, of Rawlings, Md., died on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at home, surrounded by her family. Born on May 13, 1931, in Morgantown, she was a daughter of the late Sheridan and Cynthia (Field) Shaffer.
She also was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Kenneth Kile, on May 11, 2018; two sons, Kenny and David Kile; a daughter-in-law, Marcella Kile; a son-in-law, Wesley Liller and five sisters, Evelyn Mayfield, Jessie Vandervort, Marjorie Forman, Josephine Iser and Wanda Garner. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Phyllis grew up on a farm in Morgantown, the youngest of six daughters. She graduated from University High School, in Morgantown, in 1948. In 1950, she married Bruce, the love of her life for 68 years. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She treasured her family and it was her life’s joy to care for them. She loved to cook, bake and take care of their home. She especially enjoyed making Sunday lunches and holiday meals for her family.
Phyllis’ faith in God was of utmost importance to her. Early in life she taught and worked in Sunday school and was a member of different choirs, as she loved to sing. She attended her church, Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Assembly, faithfully and she lived out her faith by serving others and helping those in need, whether it was by giving clothing or groceries, or by preparing and delivering a hot meal. Whenever you visited Phyllis, she put aside whatever she may have been doing to make you feel welcomed and special. She always offered you a smile and a warm hug.
A note was found in her Bible where she wrote, “Phyllis’ true passion was spending time with family, loving and cooking for them. Most of all, praising the Lord.” That perfectly describes who Phyllis was. This wonderful, Christian woman embraced the role of wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. Now she has been reunited with her beloved husband, Bruce and sons, Kenny and David, for she is in her heavenly home, praising the Lord.
Surviving are her four children, Roger D. Kile and wife Tammy, of Rawlings, Donald R. Kile and wife Diane, of Short Gap, Denise K. Dolly and husband Robert, of Keyser, and Joyce K. Connell and husband Robert, of Ridgeley; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Kile, of Martinsburg; 10 grandchildren, Brian, Nathan and Andrew Kile, Jennifer Russ, Jessica Kile, Robert Dolly, III, Megan Jackson, Kayla Gordon and Jason and Justin Liller and 12 great-grandchildren, Casey, Landon, Jaxon, Trenton, Charlie, Jordin, Jetta, Malachi, Asher, Skylar, Kara and Macy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 -8 p.m. on Friday, July 20. Funeral services will be conducted at the Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Assembly, in Keyser, from 10 -11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, with Pastor Randy Leatherman and Pastor Donna Leatherman officiating. Interment will be in the Dawson Cemetery, Dawson, MD.
Special thanks to our church family for their love and prayers; healthcare providers, Dr. Mavromatis and Elizabeth Simpkins, P.A.; caregivers, Karen Hamilton, Sharon Smith and Kay Canfield and the WMHS Hospice.