Phyllis Baumgartner, 75, of Waco, Texas passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at a local hospital.
She was born on July 30, 1937 in Portland to Kendall and Glenna (Wood) Stookey. She attended Markle schools and graduated from Portland High School. She married the love of her life, David Baumgartner on October 9, 1960. She then moved to Waco and started a family.
She received her LVN license in 1974, scoring high enough on her state board to get licensed in any state without further testing. She worked as a LVN and full-time mother. She was a very devoted Christian, loved children, loved giving, enjoyed theater and was a great Nana. She was an active member of Waco Trinity Heights Church of the Nazarene, Moscow, MD Church of the Nazarene, and then Waco Community Fellowship Church of the Nazarene. She served on various committees, worked with babies, children, teens, VBS, missionary society and served as District Assembly delegate many times. Her favorite stories were taking 36 teens on a weekend retreat to Lake Whitney State Park, cooking for them and keeping the girls in the cabin all night, and having girls slumber parties at her house. She was famous for supplying her potato salad and baked beans for carry-in dinners and for doing the Missionary Society Study each month. The members always looked forward to who she would portray each month. Their highlight activity for the year was attending the annual District Laymen’s Retreat at Leakey, Texas starting with the first one until the family moved to West Virginia.
She is survived by her husband of Waco, Texas; two daughters, Elizabeth "Beth" Leonard of Edmond, Oklahoma; and Michele "Shelly" (Garry) James of Waco, Texas; son, Mark (Michele) Baumgartner of Marietta, Georgia; four granddaughters, Ashley (Joshua) Jarvis; Logan Lower; Colby Kendall Lower; and Alicia Baumgartner; three great-grandchildren, Mason, Dylan and Abby Jarvis; two brothers, David (Linda) Stookey of Leesberg; and Robert E. (Sue) Stookey of Huntington Beach, California; goddaughter, Brenda (Brian) Yoder of Warsaw; three nephews, Jon, Eric, and Todd; three nieces, Lisa, Kim and Tova; seven great-nephews, Evan, Owen, Chase, Corey, Casey, Josh, and Skylar; four great-nieces, Delaney, Macy, Chelsey, and Morgan; brother-in-law, Phillip (Judy) Baumgartner of Perrysville, Ohio; and numerous other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; nephew, Kerry Baumgartner; brother-in-law, Michael Baumgartner; and sister-in-law, Lois Baumgartner.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26 at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco, Texas. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27 at Waco Community Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 2001 N. Valley Mills Drive. Officiating will be Rev. Roger Huff. Pallbearers will be David Stookey, Robert Stookey, Mark Baumgartner, Phillip Baumgartner, Garry James, and Bobby Lewis. Burial will be at Waco Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Community Fellowship Church of the Nazarene or Nazarene Compassionate Ministries by calling 1-800-310-6362.
Arrangements provided by Lake Shore Funeral Home in Waco, Texas. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.LakeShoreFuneralHome.com.