Haynes, Phyllis LaVonne (Schmidt) (1935-2003)

Phyllis Haynes, 67, died from cancer, Saturday, March 8, 2003 at her daughter’s home in Crookston.

Phyllis LaVonne Schmidt was born Sept. 27, 1935 in Minneapolis, the daughter of Harold and Glen (Scott) Schmidt. She was raised in St. Thomas, where she attended school.

Phyllis married Myron Haynes on Jan. 28, 1955 in Hallock. They moved to Warren in 1956.

At the age of 47, she attended and graduated from the School of Science in Whapeton, and became an LPN. As a nurse in training, she was able to participate in the birth of three of her grandchildren.

She worked as an LPN at the Rehabilitation Hospital at Altru Health Services in Grand Forks, for 16 years. Phyllis loved her job and co-workers and was loved and respected by many as well. She cared for hundreds of patients and was cared for by many loving people in her last days.

In 1974 she was a participant in the planning of the Old Time Settlers’ Fair. Construction started in 1975 of the Marshall County Museum at the fairgrounds. Phyllis served as the director of the museum for two years. She often demonstrated her many talents of spinning wool into yarn and her German and Scandinavian cooking on a wood stove.

Phyllis wrote poetry as a hobby, and though never published, she would share it with her close friends. She enjoyed antiques and donated many pieces to the museum.

Her dear friend Nancy Solum said, “If I could describe Phyllis in one sentence, it would be – red head with a heart of gold.”

She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed cooking and baking.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Myron and three children; Suzanne Haynes, Crookston; John Haynes, East Grand Forks and Jeana Haynes, Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren; Abigayil, Sydnie and Tara Haynes; Naomi and Brandon Haynes and Jamie and Page Thorson; sister, Sandy Finney, Hemet, Calif; two brothers, Jim Dappen, Sunland, Calif; LeonardDappen, Oklahoma, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Pat Matthews and brother, Charles Dappen.

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky