Phyllis E. Borden, age 89, of Stromsburg, Nebraska, passed away November 22, 2021 at the Midwest Covenant Home in Stromsburg.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Osceola with Pastor Raleigh White and Pastor Leonard Suhr officiating. Inurnment will be at the Swede Home Cemetery, in Polk County, Nebraska.
Phyllis Elin (Anderson) Borden was born December 16, 1931 to Albert and Eva (Sandin) Anderson on the family farm on Hwy 92/81 near Osceola. She was the only baby born in the farm home built by her grandfather, Anton Anderson.
She received her primary education at District #40 rural school in Polk County and graduated from Osceola High School with the Class of 1949. She attended Luther College in Wahoo before marrying Larry Johnston on March 5, 1950. They farmed in Polk County for five years and then moved many times for his work. To this union four children were born: Sharon, Murry, Pamela and Jacqueline. In 1984, Phyllis was united in marriage to Laurel Borden at the Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Holdrege and extended her family by five more children: Brian, Scott, Darla, Jon and Michael.
While her children were young, she was a leader of Brownies, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She managed their sewing store (Statewide Sewing Stores in Columbus), worked at Becton-Dickenson in Columbus and as a secretary at several businesses. Her last employment was the Nelson Funeral Home in Holdrege. She moved to Park Villa Apartments in Stromsburg in 2016. She entered care at Midwest Covenant Home in June 2021.
Most recently she was a member of the Atlanta Methodist Church near Holdrege and was active with their U.M.W. She was active in many different churches over the years in the various communities where she resided. She was also active in Weight Watchers for 30 years and president of Parents Without Partners. She never met a stranger, just friends she hadn't met yet.
She is survived by children: Sharon (Perry) Noyd, Rev. Murry (TK) Johnston, Pamela (Marlowe) Johnson all of Stromsburg, Jacqueline Peterson of Marquette, Brian (Judy) Borden of Holdrege, Scott Borden of Johnson Lake, Darla (Joel) Bergman of Loomis, Jon (Terry) Borden of Alma and Michael (Rhonda) Borden of Holdrege; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great grandchildren who she loved dearly; her only sister, Yvonnne Stauber of Benedict, and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Laurel; daughter-in-law Marvel Borden; son-in-law Jay Peterson and great grandson Izac Johnston.
Memorials are suggested to the family in lieu of flowers to be designated later.
Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.