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Phyllis Heston

Oct. 25, 1938-Dec. 26, 2006

Phyllis J. Heston, 68, of the Osage-Snellman area, passed away on Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at her home on Shell Lake, after a courageous five and a half year battle with cancer.

Phyllis Jeanette Dickinson was born to Oral L and Ethyle (Volkes) Dickinson on Oct. 25, 1938 in Walker, Minn., where she lived until the age of six, when she moved with her family to Texas and later California for a few years. They returned to Minnesota, where they made their home in the Tenstrike, Minn., area until she was 11. They moved to Blaine, Minn., and she attended school in Anoka and later, Spring Lake Park where she graduated with the class of 1957. She went on to attend the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and also St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.

On June 14, 1959, Phyllis married Donald C. Heston of Spring Lake Park. They were blessed with three children: Donald A. in May of 1960, David in January of 1962 and Diana, who was born in June of 1963. The young couple made their home in Missouri for the first year and a half of their marriage, while Don finished his tour in the Army, and then returned to Spring Lake Park in 1961.

In 1964, they moved to Spokane, Wash. Phyllis returned to school and received her degree in medical records and technology. She worked for various companies in Washington using her new skills. In 1972 they moved to northern Idaho, where they remained until 1993, when they moved to their home on Shell Lake near Osage, where Phyllis resided until her death.

Phyllis enjoyed doing craft work, particularly woodworking. She owned an antique shop in Detroit Lakes for two years, and for the last few years had operated an antique shop in Snellman during the summer months.

Phyllis will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Don C. Heston of Osage; three children, Donald A. Heston of Snellman, David (Sally) Heston of Anchorage, Alaska, and Diana Heston of Grand Marais, Minn.; her brother, Kendall (Shirley) Dickinson of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Jean Pemble of Isanti, Minn.; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews. They will all miss her wonderful smile.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Oral "Dick" Dickinson.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m.. on Friday, Jan. 5, at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman, with the Rev. Ed Behling officiating.

Casket bearers will be Jack Heston, Gerald Heston, James Gilbert, Robert Schug, Delbert Saarinen and Barry Wilde. Interment will be at the Snellman Cemetery in Snellman. Following the service a luncheon will be held at the church for all to attend.

Arrangements are being provided by the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home of Park Rapids.