Phyllis Rosezella Kirby

Phyllis Rosezella Kirby

April 15, 1926 – March 7, 2021

 A loving wife, devoted mother, and faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Phyllis was born in Newman Grove, Nebraska and died peacefully in Linn Creek, Missouri.  She married Francis Kirby on May 21, 1946 in Schoolcraft, Nebraska.  They raised their 15 children mostly in Omaha, Nebraska and later settled in the Seattle, Washington region.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Kirby; daughter, Renee Ebinger-Kirby; grandson, Christopher Denney; parents, John and Elizabeth Cook; sister, EmRose Mlinar; brothers: Henry, Gilbert and Robert Cook.

Phyllis is survived by her children (spouses): Theresa Golder (Tom), Tom Kirby, Mary Denney (Bob), Barb Cline (Kevin), Jackie Novotny (Jim, deceased), Joanie Banker (Mike), Marguerite Kirby, Julie Vest (Ishan), Anne Kudlacz (Henry), (Daniel), John Kirby (Annette), Kathy Fountain (James), Paul Kirby (Tara), Elizabeth Kingery (Brian), and Christine Moore; 50 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE following CDC guidelines: Friday, April 16th at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 1920 N. 102nd St.  Visitation begins at 3pm, with Rosary at 5pm and Mass of Christian Burial at 5:30pm, followed by social gathering in the hall.

Additional services: SATURDAY, April 17th at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 107 N. 3rd St. in Battle Creek, Nebraska 68715.  Rosary will be at 10:30am, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11am.  Inurnment: St. Patrick Cemetery in Battle Creek; luncheon to follow burial.

Memorials are suggested to St. Leo Catholic Church, St. Patrick Catholic Church in Battle Creek, or Mercy High School in Omaha.  To view live broadcast of the Rosary and Mass at St. Leo’s, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.



  • Audrey Damery Posted April 11, 2021 8:33 pm

    May Phyllis rest in eternal peace until we meet again.

  • Sheri Scholz Burns Posted April 13, 2021 12:46 pm

    Joanie, my sincere condolences to you and your entire family. It’s been years, I would love to catch up with you.

    • Joanie Banker Posted September 14, 2021 8:01 pm

      Sheri, would love to connect.

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