Phyllis Lorraine Wilcox

1932 ~ 2021 (age 88)


It is with a heavy heart that the family announces the death of Phyllis Lorraine (Dinnel) Wilcox, who passed away at The Sheridan at Overland Park, a retirement community in Overland Park, KS on January 6, 2021. 

Phyllis was born in Palisades, NE in ,1932 to Lester E. Dinnel and Irma L Morris Dinnel. She was the eldest of four children and was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dale Leroy Wilcox, sister Mary L. Dinnel Horinek Podhajsky, nephew Richard Horinek, niece Debra Horinek Kompus and grandson Jason Chase Wilcox.

Phyllis was united in marriage to Dale Leroy Wilcox on March 4,1951 at the United Methodist Church in McCook, NE. From this union 5 children were born.

Both Phyllis and Dale graduated from McCook High School in 1950. They called McCook home for several years before relocating numerous times through their marriage. In 2017, they relocated to Overland Park, KS where they lived their final years.

Phyllis was a loving and understanding mother and understood the importance of family and friends. She especially loved spending time with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who she claimed were the gems of her life. Phyllis was very passionate about genealogy and enjoyed sharing stories, pictures and events about her ancestors. Carrying on their legacies and accomplishments to the family were important to her. She was also gifted in artistry and enjoyed painting, playing the piano and singing as well as her enjoyment in gardening and growing many types of flowers and plants. Her other love was for her special dogs, Molly, Cooper, Lucy and Spencer, who provided great comfort and companionship while Dale was away on business. Phyllis understood the importance of education and furthered her knowledge by attaining a degree from Colby Community College in Colby, KS. along with additional education from Pickens Technical College in Aurora, CO.

In her younger adult years, she understood the importance of hard work and held positions at Mac’s Drive-In and the Fox Theatre both in McCook, NE. She shared many stories to her children from her fun experiences at both locations. In her later years she partnered with her husband to manage his Pump and Well service as well as other employment opportunities at the ACS office in Atwood, KS, Ramada Inn in Colby, KS and eventually retiring from Kaiser Permanente in Aurora, CO.

She is survived by her children, Linda A Wilcox Allen (Joseph) of Ballwin, MO, Suzanne M. Wilcox Marks (William) of Olathe, KS, Steven D. Wilcox of Colorado Springs, CO, Kenneth L. Wilcox (Diana Griffin) of Castalia, NC and Janine K. Wilcox Mills Theal of Weatherford, TX; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Lesta Dinnel Horinek Jaggers and Beverly Dinnel Longenecker Rhea both of McCook, NE. In addition, numerous nephews and nieces.

Memorial services will be held later due to COVID 19. Donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association at: 3846 W. 75th Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208. You may light a candle in memory and honor of Phyllis and leave a message of sympathy to the family on her memorial page at the following link:

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