Phyllis LaVerne Milton
Age 91 of Wilmington, and formerly of Chicago, Symerton and Ritchie, passed away Tuesday October 20, 2020 at her home.
Born November 23, 1928 in Chicago, Phyllis was the daughter of John and Victoria (Surovic) Kamis. She was raised and educated in Chicago and graduated Class Valedictorian from Jones Commercial High School. On August 27, 1949 Phyllis married Wayne Conrad Milton, and together they made their home and raised their family in the Wilmington area.
Phyllis worked for many years as a time keeper for the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant. She later assisted several small businesses as a book keeper, including her family’s farming operation, where she kept highly detailed records which spanned over many years. Phyllis utilized her accounting skills to help serve her community by acting as treasurer for numerous civic organizations, including the Wilmington Garden Club, Wilmington Area Historical Society, and the reorganized Catfish Days Committee of which she was a founding member. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Wilmington, where she sang in the choir and participated in the Methodist Women’s Circle. Phyllis also served as an election judge for almost 40 years and took pleasure in numerous volunteer activities with the Farm Bureau and Park Board. Throughout the years, she enjoyed many cruises, trips to Europe, and the many extensive trips to Mexico.
When Phyllis was not busy tending to her numerous responsibilities, she took great pleasure in working in the garden or doing crossword puzzles. She had a knack for hand crafts such as crocheting and sewing, and looked forward to any opportunity to travel with her family.
Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Wayne Milton of Wilmington, four children: Penny (Irvin) Holm, Celeste Milton, and Vicky (William) Weidling, all of Wilmington, and Heather (Paul) Rogers of Kankakee; grandchildren: Nathaniel (Karen Patterson) Holm of Palatine, Megan (Joshua) Corlett of Wilmington, Dr. Robert (Dr. Morgan Gonder) Weidling of Fairway, Kansas, and Brooke Rogers of Ames, Iowa; three great grandchildren: Cameron and Emma Corlett, and Ingrid Holm; brothers-in law and sisters-in-law: Wendell (Patricia) Milton of Manteno and Robert (Sandra Milton) of Kankakee.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters-in-law: Vesta Klafta, Fostine Schwark and Susan Milton; five brothers-in-law: Sherman Milton, Dale Milton, Dale Dahn, Wilber Schwark, and Leonard Klafta.
The family will receive friends for a visitation at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, in Wilmington on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 3:00 p.m. Reverend Harriette Cross from the First United Methodist Church of Wilmington will officiate.
Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Face masks requirements and measures of safe social distancing practices will be in order, and the funeral home staff will assist the family not to exceed the safe number set forth for the visitation.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Phyllis' name to the First United Methodist Church, 401 East Kahler Road, Wilmington, IL 60481.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Phyllis’ memorial page online through social media by logging onto: www.BaskervilleFuneral.com/obituary/Phyllis-Milton
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington (815) 476-2181 .