March 1, 1947 - Feb. 23, 2012
KEARNEY, Nebraska -- Surrounded by her family and the prayers of many, Phyllis Ann (Leach) Wiseman, 64, of Gibbon, Nebraska, ended her journey on this earth on Feb. 23, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney.
A celebration of life will be held on her birthday, Thursday, March 1, 2012, 10 a.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in Gibbon with the Reverend Cathy Cole officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon. The family will be greeting friends and family from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the church. Apfel Funeral Home of Wood River is serving the family.
Phyllis was born in Oberlin, Kansas on March 1, 1947, to Florence (Warner) Leach and C.R. (Jack) Leach. She spent her childhood in Lebanon, Nebraska graduating in 1965 from Beaver Valley High School. After a mountain top proposal at Lookout Mountain, Phyllis married Neil Wiseman on Aug.16, 1970, in Lebanon, Nebraska, the beginning of 42 blessed years of marriage. She then proceeded to dedicate her life to raising her own kids and her daycare kids during her 30 years as a licensed home daycare provider.
Phyllis was an avid fan of Gibbon sporting events, especially basketball, traveling to both home and away games for many years. She loved spending time with her kids and grandkids, taking day trips with friends, and celebrating Christmas. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Gibbon Booster Club and Friends of the library.
Survivors include her husband, Neil Wiseman of Gibbon; daughters and spouses, Lisa and Brian Ferguson of Springfield, Brooke and Jarod Dowse of Omaha; son Bret Wiseman of Omaha; grandchildren; Louden, Ella, Marlee and Maren Ferguson, Jameson and Smith Dowse; brothers-in law and sisters-in law, Byron and Elaine Wiseman, Kearney; Paul and Ingrid Wiseman, Elkhorn; Rex and Bonnie Wiseman, Shelton; Dean and Gaylene Wiseman, Shelton; Marty and Jeri Read, Riverside California; Craig Wiseman, Corpus Christy, Texas; Arlene Wiseman, Papillion; Marilyn Kuhns, Geneva; Karen Brown, Lebanon; numerous nieces and nephews, and more than 80 daycare kids and their families who Phyllis also considered part of her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Howard Leach and Gordon Leach; and sister-in-laws, Jean Wiseman and Jan Davis.
Visit to sign Phyllis's guestbook. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Gibbon Booster Club, Faith United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society