Phyllis Jean Hicks Crawford was born to Arthur and Ethel Hicks on April 8, 1926, in Kansas City, Missouri. She was one of 5 children who preceded her in death.
Phyllis graduated from Lincoln High School in KCMO and attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. She acquired her nursing degree from General Hospital NO 2 in 1952 (formally Truman Hospital now University Health). Phyllis started her nursing career at Wheatley Providence Hospital and integrated Menorah Medical Hospital. She worked for Visiting Nursing Association of Kansas City 1992. Phyllis was a certified instructor to train nurse assistants for long term facilities in 1982-1989, and she was certified as a gerontological nurse 1989-1993. Her last nursing assignment was with the Black Coalition of Kansas City. Phyllis worked as a nurse for over 40 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dorris Crawford.
She is survived by her daughters Valeria Posey, Nedra Yvonne (Lee Roy, Sr.) Dickinson, Dorris Marie (Carl II) Burch; her grandchildren Manya Posey, Carl Burch III(Trey); great-grand daughter Jazmine Ivy; great-great daughter Aaliyah Bowen; and nieces, Demetria Thurman (Jim Murff), Julianne Brown (Michael); great niece Lela Brown, great nephew Garrett Brown; “adopted” daughter Barbara Tinkshell; “adopted” niece Shondale Foreman; “adopted granddaughter Brenda Barrett; and other relatives and friends.
Her favorite hobby was playing American duplicate bridge.
Open Letter to Mom:
You taught us to treat others with respect and dignity. You were quick to correct us, always direct and to the point. You were so proud of raising us and educating us and you made sure to tell everyone you met. Now that we are grown with responsibilities of our own, we are ever grateful and so thankful.
In later years, you had the same impact with your grandchildren. All of us will remember your love and caring.
Valeria, Nedra, Dorris Marie, Manya, Trey, Jazmine.
Services will be held Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 11am at Centennial United Methodist Church. Visitation 10am-11am at the church. Interment Leavenworth National Cemetery. Service conducted by Watkins Heritage Chapel. Condolences may be shared on our website.
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