Phyllis Anne Vesey 91, of Minot, ND, formerly of Stanley, ND went to her Heavenly home on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the Somerset Court Assisted Living in Minot, ND.
Phyllis Anne Vesey was born December 12, 1928 to Maynard McGrady and Lillian (Belter) in Stanley, ND. She grew up on her grandparents’, George & Eolith McGrady homestead farm near White Earth, ND along with her sister, Maxine, and brother, Byron. She helped milk cows, drive tractor, and shock the grain. In her spare time, she liked swimming in the White Earth Creek & riding her horse.
She attended a country school by White Earth, walking the 3-mile distance when it was nice out and riding with her dad pulling the sleigh and covered wagon on colder days. Her high school days were at White Earth where her favorite activity was playing the slide trombone in the band.
Phyllis attended college at Minot State where she earned a teaching degree. Phyllis was very proud of starting the first band in Palermo school. She taught school until she married Edwin (Bob) Walhaug. They raised their family on their farm near Palermo, ND and owned and operated the grocery store in Palermo.
In 1976 Phyllis moved to Fort Collins, Colorado and married Raynold (Ken) Vesey. She worked for over 15 years in the engineering office at Woodward Governor. In early 90’s her and Ken moved to Stanley, ND. Phyllis was known for skillful card playing, wonderful cooking (especially lefse, cheese cake, & apple pie), and adept & lively polka dancing.
Phyllis is survived by her children Gary (Arlene) Walhaug, Warren (Colleen) Walhaug, & Cheryl (Jim) Evensvold; step children Carolyn (Arnie) Stair, Gail Becker, Roger (Darlene) Vesey, & Terry (Debbie) Vesey. Grandchildren Laura (Chad) Theis, Scott Walhaug, Lisa (Brad) Hecker, Ashley (Heath) Garrison, Cristy (Jeremy) Jones, Faith (Ross) Anderson, & Adam (Kendra) Evensvold. Peggy (Kyle) Bauer, Ally Bauer and Alexis Bauer, Brenda (Tim) Matuszek, Mitch Myers, Rick Myers, Joe (Emily) Vesey, Morgan Vesey, Ian Vesey, Robin Vesey, Carrie Vesey, Tracy Barnes, Bruce (Shawnan) Becker; great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, her husband Ken Vesey, and son, Randy Walhaug.
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