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Phyllis Marie Pfaff

February 8, 1942 — April 1, 2018

Phyllis Pfaff of Grayling, MI passed away in her sleep on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, after a long battle with health issues. She was born February 8, 1942 in Roscommon, MI to the late Avery and Rosemary Babcock - one of 14 kids. Growing up the daughter of a farmer and square dance caller, work was important, but, square dancing was her joy. Phyllis met her husband Willard Pfaff at one of these weekly dances, and their waltz continued on for over 57 years. Largely a private person, she will be remembered as a devoted wife, an exceptional mother, as well as a loving sister, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother - all titles that she wore with great pride. Of all things, she treasured her family the most. She was dedicated to close relationships with all of her siblings, and nieces and nephews near and far. In her community, she is remembered most as "the paper lady", having spend over 20 years as the Detroit News/Free Press agent, diligently delivering the paper 7 days a week, 365 days a year, no matter how deep the snow. Later in life, she joined St. John Lutheran Church, and became a dedicated member until her death. She will be remembered at the church for her quilt work, and her strawberry pie and potato salad will be missed. Survived by her husband Willard of 57 years. Children: Todd (Cindy) Pfaff of Piedmont South Dakota and Lori (Marvin Gregory) Pfaff of Frederic. Grandchildren: Jessica (Bob Nash) Pfaff of Box Elder, South Dakota, and Blake Gregory at Saginaw Valley State University. Phyllis was born into a family of 14 children, her birth family consisted of: Elizabeth Babcock (deceased) Shirley Henry (Donald), Grayling, MI Walton Babcock (Dora Jean, deceased), Rose City, MI Donald Babcock (Ruby), Roscommon, MI Yvonne Winter (Ben, deceased), West Branch, MI Alice Paepke (John), Greenville, MI Susanne North (Grover, deceased), Temperence, MI Marjorie Mischley (Joe, deceased), Alpena, MI Dorothy Boehm (Larry), Springfield, IL John Babcock (deceased), Clear Lake, WI Mary McGillis (Jack, deceased), Roscommon, MI Charlie Babcock, Clear Lake, WI Ruth Billsby (Doug) Cadillac, MI Also survived by several great grandchildren, as well and many many nieces and nephews. Services were held at St. John Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 7 2018. Interment will be at Rock Cemetery. For those that wish to remember Phyllis with a memorial contribution, Phyllis requested St. John Lutheran Church Children's Ministry. Condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements by Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Phyllis Marie Pfaff, please visit our flower store.



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