The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 25, 2014

Phyllis Lynn Cutbirth Bittiker

WARSAW, Mo. — Phyllis Lynn Cutbirth Bittiker, of Warsaw, Mo., died March 6, 2014. She was born on Feb. 22, 1940, in Joplin, Mo., to Leonard and Pauline Feazell Cutbirth. The family moved to a farm in Redings Mill, Mo., when she was 2 years old along with her two older brothers, Billy Wayne and Sonny. When she was 9 the family moved back to Joplin, where she attended Erving Grade School and then South Junior High and Joplin High School.

When her parents decided to move to Kansas City, she decided to stay in Joplin and live with her aunt, Gladean Cutbirth. In 1958, she moved to Kansas City with her parents. On Nov. 30, 1959, she gave birth to her son, Neal  and on April 28, 1961, she gave birth to her daughter, Paula.

In August of 1982, while having her home renovated, she met one of the construction workers, Jerry W. Bittiker. On May 22, 1983, they were married and she would become mother to Jerry's daughter, Jennifer Ileen.

In 1987, she and Jerry would purchased a vacation home in Warsaw. In 1992 they would move to Warsaw to live full time.

She would go on to have a 60+ year friendship with childhood partners in crime, Nancy Wilson, Sharon O'Farrell, Judy Bittik, Fran Cole and Charlotte Phillips.

Per her wishes she was cremated.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents and both brothers and is survived by her husband, Jerry; son, Neal and his husband, Jim; and daughters, Paula Lynn, Jennifer Ilene and her husband, Darrius.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March  29,  at  The  Sheet  Metal Workers Union No. 2, 2902 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64129, from 2 to 6 p.m.

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