Obituary of Phyllis Anne Giron
Phyllis Anne Giron, loving mother, grandmother, and wife, passed away in peace with her son Jason and her daughter Johanna by her side on June 20, 2019. Phyllis was born August 18, 1932 in Caldwell, Idaho to Joseph and Lucille Pearson. Her father died in a tragic accident when Phyllis was just 8 months old. Lucille raised Phyllis and her two older sisters, Hazel and Roberta, alone, showing the strength and determination of character which was a trait Phyllis exemplified in her own life.
Phyllis was the mother to 6 children; 3 of them she raised for many years as a single mom. She was a proud military wife. She enjoyed living in various parts of the country, playing bridge in the officer’s club, and being a support to her husband. Phyllis and Bob were stationed on several Air Force bases including Ramstein Germany, Whiteman Air Force Base Missouri, Hickam Air Force Base Hawaii, Travis Air Force Base California, and even in Virginia, where Bob commuted to work in the Pentagon.
Later in life, her 23 years as a volunteer EMT for Placerville Ambulance, alongside her husband Joe Weiss, provided so many wonderful stories to tell her family. She delivered babies, rescued people from accidents alongside a steep mountain or river, and held the hands of those in their own last moments. Phyllis and Joe were instrumental in the hours of organization and fundraising for Placerville’s Ambulance and Fire Department 4th of July auction each year. They shared the responsibility of driving the ambulance to countless emergency calls in all weather conditions, day and night, and on winding mountain roads. Together, they also contributed to the construction of Placerville’s first ambulance building. Their time and generous donations to the city of Placerville were honored. Phyllis continued to volunteer as an EMT until she was 81 years old!
Phyllis was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her favorite callings involved teaching the youth in Sunday School, Young Womens, and as a Stake dance festival instructor.
Her zest for life was evident to all, and she passionately shared so much with others. When a stroke took her voice away two years ago, her inability to communicate left such frustration on her part and such a void in our world as we felt her vibrant spirit recognize defeat for the first time. Still, Phyllis showed determination in finding new ways to communicate.
Phyllis was preceded in death by two husbands, Lt. Col. Robert Giron and Joe Weiss. She was also preceded in death by her two sons, Larry Sims and Jerry Giron. She is survived by four children; Chris Giron of Placerville, Idaho; Debbie (Ross) Barfuss of Tremonton, Utah; Jason (Betsy) Giron of Celina, Texas; and Johanna Payne of Eagle, Idaho. She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Her family will miss her so very much! We will always remember and love her bright blue eyes, her fireside stories, her beautiful singing voice, and her energetic dancing to “Drift Away” and other classic rock hits.
Our family wants to give a very special thanks to the care staff at Grace Assisted Living and Grace Memory Care whose love and comfort they provided for her these last few months went above and beyond the definition of “care.” They treated her with unwavering kindness and were exemplary in every way. Phyllis felt so loved by them.
A celebration of Phyllis’s life will be held at Summer’s Funeral Home (3629 E. Ustick Road, Meridian) on Monday, July 1, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM. Her funeral service will be held July 2, 2019 at 11:30 AM at the Eagle LDS church (700 W. State Street, Eagle). Interment and grave dedication will take place at the Veterans cemetery (10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise) at 1 PM.