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Phillis Willis

Phillis Willis

Jan 14, 1955 - May 22, 2019

Phillis Ann Willis, 64, of Riverton passed away at her home on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at St. James Episcopal Church. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Phillis Ann Krause was born in Thermopolis, WY on January 14, 1955 to Phillip Eugene and Nadine Isabel (Hart) Krause. She grew up in Riverton, WY and graduated from Riverton High School. She then attended Chadron State College in Chadron, NE and Lesley University of Cambridge, MA where she earned her Master Degree.

She was baptized into the Episcopal Faith and was a member of St. James Episcopal Church. She was a member of Stonecroft Ministries Christian Women’s Club. In addition, she was an active member of P.E.O. International.

Phillis was a teacher for Fremont County District 25 for 38 years before she retired in 2017. She taught Art for 10 years then moved to 7th grade Language Arts and Reading for 28 more years. After retirement she taught Art one day a week at St. Margaret’s Elementary School. She enjoyed teaching children.

On August 17, 1975 she married the love of her life, Robert Willis in Riverton, WY. In 1976 they moved to Dalton, NE and returned to Riverton in 1980 making it their forever home and raising their three beautiful daughters. Phillis’ favorite thing to do was sit and read a good book. She liked to go camping, golfing, visiting her grandchildren, and travel. She loved to take pictures and do arts and crafts.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Robert Willis; daughters, Amanda (Willis) Boman and her husband, Lyman of Reno, NV, Ashley (Willis) Hayes and her husband, Terry of Riverton, WY, and Adria Eva Dean Willis and significant other, Lee Travis of Helena, MT; mother Nadine Wallace and stepfather, Mike; brother, Scott Krause and his wife, Jenny; grandchildren, Tyler Clark, Isla Boman, and Pippa Boman of Reno, NV; and Kade Hoffer of Riverton, WY; nieces and nephews, Tayler Krause, Tegan Krause, Urrvano Gamez, Jeremy Gamez, Brittnee Hanks, Austa Spearman, and Heather Steele.

She was preceded in death by her father, Phillip Krause; brother, Teddy Krause; and grandparents, Wheatley and Daisy Hart, Myrtle and Eddie Parker, and Henry Krause.

On-line condolences may be made to the family at

Memorials may be made to Riverton Middle School Library, St. Margaret’s Catholic School or Corner Stone Church to build a new church in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.