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First wife of grandfather, William Walker Phillis
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Maggie Maude Graves Phillis obituary

Maggie Maude Graves was born March 26, 1884, in Montgomery county, Kansas, near Independence and departed this life March 23, 1913, aged 28 years, 11 months and 27 days.

When but a small girl her parents located near Caney, where she spent most of her life. She was united in marriage July 12, 1911 with William W. Phillis, Rev. C. W. Odom performing the ceremony. After her marriage, she, with her husband, went to Hutchinson, Kansas, where they lived for about six months. Since then she has resided in Caney.

For the past year Mrs. Phillis was in poor health but during the entire time of her illness she was very hopeful and of good cheer. Her many friends were always solicitous for her complete recovery, and in so many ways were kind and expressed their sympathy.

Mrs. Phillis was a favorite where ever she was, and will be greatly missed by all. No one ever made a braver fight for life. It was her constant desire and effort to regain her health that she might be of service to her loved ones and friends. As a last resort she was willing to undergo a surgical operation with the hope of recovery, so March the eleventh she was operated on at the home of her parents in Caney. But all to no avail. To the very last, however, she was hopeful of recovery. Saturday evening of last week she grew perceptibly worse but no one thought the end was near. About 12:45 Sunday morning, her beautiful spirit took flight for a better world. Just before going to the operating room she resigned all into the hands of God, the Father, with a firm faith that He was able to keep that which she had committed unto Him that day.

Rev. Odom, the former pastor of the church to which she belonged, was here and preached the funeral sermon, assisted by Rev. Allen, pastor of the M.E. church, from the text II Samuel 12:23. The funeral service was conducted at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Graves, March 25, 1913. Interment was made at the Sunnyside cemetery.

Those present at the funeral service were C.W. Graves and family of Caney. (unreadable line). F.H. Zegenfuss and family of Caney. Mrs. W.M. Fairfield and family of Clearfield, South Dakota, were unable to be present. This was a great disappointment to all. Those present from out the immediate family were: Mrs. Lilly Pitcher, a cousin, of Kansas City, Kansas; Rufus Conkel, an uncle, of Independence; Chas. Fadler and wife and Jessie Fadler or Independence, James Tucker and mother of Independence, and F.E. Phillis and family of Dewey, Okla. Mr. Phillis’ mother and father, of Chicago, were unable to be present, on account of illness. Mrs. Phillis leaves a husband, two brothers, four sisters and a father and mother, besides a host of friends, to mourn their loss.   

How living are the dead!  Inshrined, but not apart,  How safe within the heart,  We hold them still – our dead  Whatever else be fled!  Our constancy is deep  Toward those who live asleep,  Forgetful of the strain and mortal strife,  That  are so large a part of this our earthly life. They are our very own.

“Maggie Maude Graves Phillis,” obituary, The Caney Chronicle (Caney, Kansas), 4 Apr 1913, p. 8, col. 1.

Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Maggie Maude Graves Phillis,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures ( https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/maggie-maude-graves-phillis-1884-1913/ : posted 2021).


  1. Birth and parents listed in obituary,“Maggie Maude Graves Phillis,” obituary, The Caney Chronicle (Caney, Kansas), 04 Apr 1913, p. 8, col. 1.

  2. Marriage to William W Phillis:
    “Graves-Phillis,” marriage announcement, The Caney Chronicle (Caney, Kansas), 14 Jul 1911, p. 1, col. 2.
    “Phillis-Graves Marriage License,” newspaper notice, South Kansas Tribune (Independence, Kansas), 26 Jul 1911, p. 4, col. 6.

  3. Illness: “Mrs. W. W. Phillis Ill,” Maude Graves Phillis news article, The Caney Chronicle (Caney, Kansas), 7 Jun 1912, p. 4, col. 2.

  4. Death: “Maude Phillis Dies,” death notice, Coffeyville Weekly Journal (Coffeyville, Kansas), 28 Mar 1913, p. 6, col. 1.
    Funeral: “Maude Graves Phillis,” funeral notice, Cherryvale Republican (Cherryvale, Kansas), 26 Mar 1913, p 1, col. 3.
    Burial: Headstone reads: Maude M. Wife of / W. W. Phillis / Mar. 26, 1884 / Mar. 23, 1913
    Find A Grave, memorial 18151978, Maude M. Graves Phillis (1884–1913), Sunnyside Cemetery, Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas; headstone photo by Sfpw, memorial managed by Christine Hindle (contributor 46886810).

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