JOPLIN, Mo. —
Born Mar. 19, 1947, in Joplin, she was the only child of Thomas R. Covey and Viola Mae Riggs Covey and lived in Joplin her entire life.
She graduated from Joplin schools in 1965, and attended Joplin Junior College. In her youth she was baptized at Forest Park Baptist Church, where she attended for several years.
On Nov. 25, 1967, she married her high school sweetheart, Jon A. Kaltenbach, and they soon began a family together. The two were blessed with three daughters, son-in-laws, and nine grandchildren.
In addition to her husband of 44 years, survivors include their three daughters, Michelle Weston and husband David, of Jackson, Mo., Paige Neuenswander and husband Jake, of Carthage, Mo., Brooke Bollinger and husband Nathan, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; grandchildren: Zach, Drew, Mark and Allison Weston, Dylan, Tommy and Lucas Neuenswander, Landon and Karis Bollinger.
Last spring she retired from Joplin R-VIII School District, where she worked for over 22 years as a library aide and paraprofessional. Known as Mrs. K, she loved each child she worked with and made a difference in the lives of many students and teachers.
Prior to working for Joplin schools, she took pride in being a wife and stay at home mom to her three daughters.
In her spare time Phyllis loved watching plays at Joplin Little Theatre. She was also an avid reader, particularly of mysteries. More than anything, she loved spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow. She was a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend, and teacher who will be dearly missed.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Parker Chapel with a family member, Rob Gross, officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her seven grandsons and three sons-in-law. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions are suggested to American Cancer Society.http://www.parkermortuary.com