Phyllis Arlene Goracke, 85, of Pomona, Kansas passed away Sunday Dec. 10, 2017, at Richmond Healthcare, Richmond, Kansas.
Funeral services are planned for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at Pomona Assembly of God Church, Pomona, Kansas. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona. Family will meet with friends for a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa, Kansas.
Phyllis was born on Feb. 6, 1932, in rural Smith County, Kansas, the daughter of William Frank Burge and Leona Pearl (Bartholomew) Burge.
She grew up in Smith County as well as in nearby Franklin, Nebraska.
On July 25, 1948, Phyllis was united in marriage to Charles Junior “Bud” Goracke in Smith Center, Kansas. Phyllis and Bud were a very tight knit couple. Their affection for one another was always apparent, especially in Phyllis’ care for her beloved Bud. They shared 67 years of loving marriage together until the death of Bud on Dec. 8, 2015.
Phyllis and Bud moved from Smith Center, Kansas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then to Pomona, Kansas, in 1960 where they would make their home for the rest of their lives. Phyllis was always a homemaker first, caring for her children and husband and their needs. Her family was her greatest treasure and she made sure they knew in the love and care she provided them through the years. As her children grew she began to also work first at Browning Mercantile in Pomona and then in Ottawa at Gibson’s, Pomida, and finally for Wal-Mart for 25 years in the fabric department.
She was a longtime member of the Pomona Assembly of God Church. Attending church and all the church gatherings was one of Phyllis’ most important items to accomplish. She was a very skilled seamstress and loved to crotchet. She was an incredible cook and loved to spend time baking for loved ones. Phyllis and Bud spent many hours together tending to the vegetable garden and working together on his various woodworking items. She was also very talented as an artist of her own with various painting projects. Phyllis was most definitely a pet person. Her pets Buffy, Lucky, Callie, Brandy, and Butch never had to worry for lack of care. Phyllis was always there for her furry family. Phyllis was an exceptional mother, grandmother, and wife. Her whole family knew that they were loved by her. She was a wonderful example to everyone who knew her for her hard work and loving manner.
Phyllis is survived by her son Joe Goracke and Vicki Matile, of Ottawa, Kansas; her daughter, Gwenda Schmitt and her husband Jon, of WaKeeney, Kansas; four grandsons, Deric Schmitt of Austin, Texas, Brandon Palmer of Garnett, Kansas, Andrew Goracke of Pomona, Kansas, Cody Goracke of LeRoy, Kansas; two granddaughters, Amber Bourell of Hutchinson, Kansas, Heather Moore of Topeka, Kansas; a brother, David Burge of St. George, Utah; 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Junior “Bud” Goracke; an infant brother, Howard Eugene Burge; brother Frank Junior Budge; sister, Doris Graham and baby sister Betty Jean Burge.
Memorial contributions can be made to Pomona Assembly of God Church or Prairie Paws Animal Shelter c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Condolences may be sent through www.lamb-roberts.com