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Phyllis A. Castle

March 12, 1936 ~ February 16, 2018 (age 81)


Phyllis A. Castle, 81, of Hays KS passed away on February 16, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society - Hays. "Granny" as her many friends lovingly referred to Phyllis as, was born in Paintsville, KY to Everett and Melissa (Stambaugh) Castle. Phyllis was a member of the United Methodist Church in Norcatur, KS. She grew up in a "holler" near Wharton, West Virginia. Phyllis had lots of brothers and sisters, and the house was always full of love, activity and orneriness. Phyllis was very proud of the fact that she was a coal miner's daughter and some of her brothers and sisters also worked in the mines. Phyllis met a young man named Morris Goley, whom she married and started a family with. When that marriage broke up as sometimes happens, Phyllis later met a tall handsome Navy man from Texas named Donell Bourland, whom she married and moved her young family to Texas with. This marriage was also blessed with children, and when things didn't work out, Phyllis loaded up her children and moved to Norcatur, KS, where her sister and brother-in-law, Eunice and R.D. Thornton, were raising their young family. Eunice and R.D. got Phyllis and her children settled in to a nice house in Norcatur, and Phyllis got a job as a CNA at the Andbe Home in Norton, KS to provide for her family. Phyllis will forever be remembered as a fun-loving, outgoing person, who loved to socialize with her many friends and family. Survivors include a son, Donnel Bourland of Hays, KS; two daughters, Patty Shearer and her husband Lonnie of Almena, KS and Melissa Rorabaugh and her husband Dave of Hays, KS; one brother, Everett Edgel of Buckhannon, WV; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers - Samuel Joe and Billy Ray, four sisters - Eunice May, Ivalee Doris, Melody Millie and Beulah Carol, and one daughter - JoAnn. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Norcatur, KS at 10:30 AM on Friday, March 9, 2018. Inurnment will follow at the Norcatur Cemetery. To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit Phyllis’s memorial webpage at Arrangements are by Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 2509 Vine St., Hays, KS 67601.
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