Phyllis Spade, 89, passed away June 26, 2014. Memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Greenwich Road Church of Christ, 1746 S. Greenwich, Wichita.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Erin “Sam” Spade.
She is survived by her three daughters, Jo Belt and her husband Robert of Scottsdale, Ariz., Sue Spade, Kansas City, and Dr. Dee Spade and her husband Ron Wall, Wichita; two grandchildren, Dr. Paige Belt, Ethiopia and Anders Wall, Wichita; sister, Rebecca Dudrey, Great Bend.
Phyllis was born March 16, 1925, on a farm near Preston, to Floyd A. “Mons” and Mary “Pern” (Coburn) Leroux. After graduating from Preston High School she earned a B.S. in Music from KSTC (now Emporia State University) in 1947 and for the next five years taught grade and high school classes in several Kansas schools.
She married Erin “Sam” Spade on May 29, 1948. The family moved to Kansas City in 1953, and shortly after, she joined the thousands of young and old who endured the nationwide polio epidemic.
When the family relocated to Wichita, she worked as a substitute teacher in the city schools. In 1960 she began a 35-year career in advertising at McCormick-Armstrong Advertising Agency, which later became Menefee & Partners.
She is a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.
For nearly 25 years she edited the monthly newsletter for Wichita Professional Communicators (formerly Wichita Press Women). She was involved with Botanica during its planning phase, became a charter member, and after serving two terms on its active board remains an Emeritus Trustee.
Memorials may be made to Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, 701 Amidon in Wichita. Share condolences at www.CozineMemorial.com. Services by Broadway Mortuary.