Phyllis Ann Dale, 69, of Roscommon, died on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at her home in the presence and comfort of her family.
Phyllis was born March 22, 1953, in Pontiac, MI. She was the first child of Otis and Esther (Glover) Lacey. Her family soon moved to St. Helen, MI, where she later attended, and graduated from, schools in St. Helen and Roscommon. She received her Practical Nursing Certificate in 1981, followed by an Associate Degree in Nursing from Kirtland Community College in 1984. She later attended Central Michigan University and received Bachelor of Science Degrees in Health Education in 1989 and Social Work in 1995. In her professional career, she worked for Grayling Mercy Hospital, North Central Community Mental Health, and the Public Health Department of Roscommon County; in addition, she was on the C.O.O.R. ISD Board as Treasurer from 1990 to 1996. For these and other accomplishments, Phyllis received the award for 2001 Outstanding Alumna of the Year from Kirtland Community College.
Phyllis married Tom Dale on August 11, 1986, in Alanson, MI. Phyllis was an avid gardener and environmentalist who loved her dogs, music, movies, and traveling. She was also a master knitter and loved to crochet, weave, spin, and dye fibers, making gorgeous and useful items for friends and family and the less fortunate across Michigan and beyond. Phyllis was a friend and confidant, a voice of wisdom and wit, a baker of things and an angel without wings who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Tom Dale of Roscommon; son Erick (Courtney) Haight of Petoskey; daughter Ashley (Gunnar) Brow of Buckley; two step-sons, Dominic (Jennifer) Dale of Belleville, Joshua (Kari) Dale of Jenison; sister Barbara Gielincki-Yardley of Falmouth; two brothers, Robert (Kacey) Lacey and Greg Lacey of St. Helen; five grandchildren – Brie, Josh, Austin, Kinsleigh, and Sawyer — one great-granddaughter Eden, and many treasured and beloved nieces and nephews. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents Otis and Esther.
Family and friends will gather at 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 22, 2022, for a Memorial Service, with an hour of gathering prior, at Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, 143 Lake Street, Roscommon, Michigan 48653.
Those who cannot attend due to distance, weather, or any reason preventing attendance, may watch the service streamed live at: https://www.facebook.com/wagnerandwalshfuneraldirectors
(Occasionally issues may occur considering location and availability of reception. When this occurs, the funeral home staff is prepared to record the service and then post it to the Facebook page. We appreciate your understanding).
Memorial contributions in Phyllis’ name may be made to Hospice of Michigan (https://www.hom.org/) or Gahagan Nature Preserve of Roscommon (https://www.gahagannature.org/).
Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon.