SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Phyllis Jean Feaster will be remembered most for her love of children’s literature. Her granddaughters anticipated her stories of rocket ships and other science-fiction topics on her many visits. She even wrote a children’s story that embraced both her love of writing and her granddaughters: Main characters Krissie, Jillie, and Jo-Jo embodied the characteristics of sharing, caring and acceptance. These are all traits that Phyllis no doubt learned on the family farm in New Paris, Ind.
Born May 15, 1930 to Orville and Louise (Vail) Lutes, Phyllis Jean Lutes married Virgil (Vic) Maurice Feaster July 7, 1950 in New Paris, Ind. at the United Methodist Church. Thereafter the family resided in Plymouth, Ind., where they had four sons. In 1963 the family moved to Maquoketa, Iowa. They joined St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. In 1965, the family moved to Bloomington, Ill. and joined St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
Phyllis earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in 1966 and started teaching at Edward Grade School. She earned a master’s degree in 1969 from ISU and joined her alma mater as an instructor of children’s literature. She served on the vestry of St. Matthew’s for a number of years. She retired from ISU in 2000, but continued to teach part time until 2005.
Her grandchildren welcomed her move to Sioux Falls in 2007. Soon she was to welcome the next generation with the arrival of her five great-grandchildren. She revelled in the opportunity to read stories to her great-grandchildren.
She passed quietly in her sleep, and was found in the early hours of July 18.
She is survived by her sister Sue (Rene) Neff; brother Robert (Florence) Lutes; sons Kurt (Rebecca), Karl, Marc (Penny) and Morris (Renato); granddaughters, Kristina (Kyle), Johanna (Ross), and Jillian (Eric); and five great-grandchildren, Kelsie, Brinnly, Toby, Macy and Kaylie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Calvary Episcopal Cathedral Foundation or take a favorite children’s book to church.
Services took place Saturday at 10 a.m. at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral, 500 S. Main St., Sioux Falls, with Celebrant The Very Rev. Ward H. Simpson, dean.
A service will take place Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1920 E. Oakland Ave, Bloomington, Ill., with Celebrant The Rev. David J. Hall.
Interment will be at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Columbaria.
Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, has charge of arrangements. For obituary and online registry, visit www.millerfh.com.