Phyllis Marie Piper, 81 of Lexington died, Friday, November 26, 2021, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Heppner First Christian Church.
She was born April 8, 1940, at Heppner, the daughter of Robert “Roy” and Melba Hughes Quackenbush. “Phylly” as she was affectionately known by many, was raised, and attended school in Heppner graduating from Heppner High School in 1958.
Phyllis married Del Piper on March 22, 1959, at Heppner. The couple co-owned Del’s Market in Lexington for 28 years (1968-1996). They lived on Main Street from the beginning of their marriage until her passing. She also worked at the Bank of Eastern Oregon and as a postal clerk.
She was well known for her hand made Raggedy Ann Dolls and enjoyed sewing, quilting, painting and needlework (stockings, baby quilts, tree skirts, and dish towels) and playing bingo. Other interest and hobbies through the years: the beach, looking for agates, concerts, ceramics, bowling, stamp collecting, trips to their mountain cabin, picking mushrooms and snowmobiling, horseback riding and the Pendleton Round-Up. Phylly enjoyed events at the Heppner Senior Center and St. Patrick’s Celebration. Her favorite music was George Strait, Adele, and Elton John. Most of all, Phyllis loved her family! She traveled to watch her grandkids and great grandkids in dance, sports, and Christmas plays, attending everything she possibly could.
Phyllis was a member of Rainbow Girls, Wrangler Club, and she taught 4-H Tole Painting. Phyllis and Del hosted 4-H/LABO Exchange Students, daughters Sheri and Janette went to Japan through this group. She found great enjoyment as a chaperone traveling to Europe with Sheri and her classmates.
Survivors include her husband Del of Lexington, a son, Mark Piper and his wife Cindy, daughters; Janette Skow and her husband Tom, Sheri Peck and her husband Josh, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Melba Quackenbush.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Memorial Hospital, PO box 9, Heppner, OR 97836 or to Heppner first Christian church, PO box 158, Heppner, Or 97836.
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