The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


May 22, 2013

Phyllis Pim

JOPLIN, Mo. — Phyllis Pim, a lifetime resident of Joplin, Mo., joined her awaiting husband in heaven on May 20, 2013.

Phyllis was born Sept. 13, 1935, in Joplin. She was the daughter of the late Pete Dawald and Helen Trease Dawald.

Phyllis retired from the Joplin R-8 School District as a secretary at Irving Elementary School after 10 years of service. She also worked as a bookkeeper at Higdon's Florist and Charles Florist. She was a 50+ year member of First Baptist Church of Joplin, where she was a very active member in the Senior Adult Sunday School department, a volunteer in the Shoe Ministry and taught in the Junior High Sunday School class during the 1960s and 1970s. Phyllis also enjoyed playing Bridge with friends at the Women's Club and was a member of the Y Matrons. She was also a volunteer at LifeChoices in Joplin.

Phyllis and her husband, J.P., spent their retirement years visiting all 30 major league ball parks. They were both avid St. Louis Cardinals fans. Along with a group of friends from First Baptist Church, they have been traveling and camping over the past 30 years. She always enjoyed watching her grandkids participating in all their activities. She was a very proud of each of them.

Phyllis married her high school sweetheart, J.P. Pim, on Sept. 23, 1955. He preceded her in death on June 11, 2011.

She is survived by two daughters, Melanie Ousley and husband, Steve and Melinda Campbell and husband, Derik; four grandkids, Grant and Hailey Ousley, Trevor and Maddie Campbell, all of Joplin. She is also survived by many sister and brothers-in-law, an uncle, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A special thank you to the staff at ComforCare and Freeman Health Systems for their care over the past 10 months.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Joplin, with Pastor Jamie Tickel officiating. Interment will follow in Ozark Memorial Park with Grant Ousley, Trevor Campbell, Roger Doman, Kelly Austin, Bryan Shank, Mike Mann and Rob Duke serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be George Johnson, Charles Shank and Leon Shumaker. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday also at First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Upward Sports Program at First Baptist Church of Joplin.

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