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Phyllis was born in 1936 in Zion Missouri, 12 miles south of Fredericktown. She’s lived in Zion her whole life with the exception of a short time in St. Louis when she and her husband felt like fish out of water. She was born at home and had an older brother and an older sister.
Her childhood school was in a 2 room brick building with no electricity but thanks to close proximity to the Mississippi River Fuel Transmission (Now Center-point Energy) running water was available. Phyllis describes what it was like to be in a 1 room, then 2 room school with various grades in the same room. The school had a beautiful library full of books which Phyllis enjoyed because she loved reading books.
“Every year the teacher got to order more books. I devoured them. I read books I didn’t even like because they were books and I wanted to read.”