Phyllis Hix, 89, of Wayne, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne, surrounded by family.
Services will be held Friday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Wayne. The Rev. Teresa Bartlett will officiate.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne with family present. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
Memorials may be directed to the Hix family for later designation.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne.
Phyllis Hix was born in Le Sueur, Minn. on Nov. 2, 1928. At the age of 10, Phyllis started playing the piano and within a few years, she was playing the organ in her local church every Sunday morning. She continued playing the piano for 79 years. During high school, she also was a member of a local band with her friends called the “Knights of Notes” playing at weddings and dances. After graduating from high school, she attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. and continued with her love of music by becoming a music teacher. In 1965, she began teaching at Wakefield Public Schools where she later became the school librarian. In 1993, Phyllis retired and was fulfilling her days with spending time with family, knitting sweaters for the grandkids, playing bridge with friends at the Senior Center, baking her famous chocolate chip cookies, spoiling her dogs, and attending the grandkids’ sporting events. Phyllis will be remembered as a kind-hearted, loving, and caring mother, grandmother and friend to all of those who were fortunate enough to have her in their lives. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Wayne Senior Center.
Family was the most important thing to Phyllis and she was very proud of her four children: Larry (Karol) Hix of Chadron, Steve (Linda) Hix of Lincoln, Gloria (Joe) Vavricka of Hildreth and Dave (Karla) Hix of Wayne; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Betty Seiler.
Honorary pallbearers will be Phyllis’ granddaughters, Kelle Dillehay, Kristin Wood, Emma Vavricka and Abbie Hix.
Active pallbearers will be Phyllis' grandsons, Tyler Hix, James Hix, Mike Hix, Max Vavricka, Ryan Hix and Drew Hix.