Phyllis Arlene Moody

Moody, Phyllis web picJanuary 1935 ~ November 2014 »

Phyllis Arlene Moody passed into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father after struggling with cancer for over two years. She was born in Aurora, Illinois to Maude and Arthur Ivermeyer. She attended Greenman grade school and West Aurora High School. During her senior year in 1953, she met Fred. Over the next two years they dated while attending small colleges in Southern Illinois and while working at various jobs. It was during this time that their relationship strengthened and their growing love for each other led them to marriage.

After they were married in 1955 they moved to Boulder, Colorado where Fred enrolled at the University and Phyllis supported them by working in the records office. In 1958, after graduation, they moved to San Jose where Fred began his new career as an engineer and Phyllis began her new career as a full-time mother.

Phyllis was involved in parent-teacher activities at the Valley Christian Schools where their children attended from kindergarten through high school, and she also mentored children in “Pioneer Girls” at Calvary Church in Los Gatos. When her sons were relatively independent, Phyllis started working as a part-time receptionist at Calvary Church and also hosted a Bible study in her home.

Phyllis and Fred moved to Murphys, California when he retired in 1999, where they met many new friends through Sunday School at Chapel in the Pines and in Bible studies at Big Trees Community Church. Phyllis became a group leader in the area Community Bible Study (CBS), where people said they were drawn to her because she was so much like them. She accepted them as they were, and loved then with unconditional love.

In 2010, Phyllis and Fred moved to the Covenant Village of Turlock, a continuing care retirement community. She continued working in CBS, and also enjoyed an in-depth women’s Bible study at Crossroads Church. She took part as a “befriender” to encourage residents as the Village who were lonely or saddened.

Her passion was to help those whose lives she touched to have the same assurance that she had whereby they could know the assurance of God’s forgiveness and the free gift of everlasting life. She wanted them to experience the reality of His promises. Two of her favorite promises from the Bible that Christ gave us are, “I have come that you might have life,” and, “Lo, I am with you always.”

Besides her husband, Fred, Phyllis’s immediate family consists of her son David (Gwen) of San Jose, John (Terri) of Livermore, Paul (Cathy) of Pacifica, and Daniel (Shannon) of San Jacinto, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A Memorial Celebration of Phyllis’s life will be held at the Covenant Village Berg Hall, 2125 N. Olive Ave, Turlock, CA, on January 10, 2015 at 11:00 am.

Some have asked about memorial gifts. One of Phyllis’s charitable interests was the Covenant Village Benevolent Fund, 2125 N. Olive Avenue, Turlock CA 95382. It is a fund established to help elderly residents who outlive their financial resources.

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