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Phyllis Fern Todd Halekakis "Great", 80, died peacefully February 13, 2018, doing what she loved, eating at her favorite restaurant Vernon's Kuntry Katfish, in the company of her daughter and son-in-law Roxy & Alex Gilchrist.
She was born January 2, 1938 in Luling, Texas and passed away in Conroe, Texas on February 13, 2018.
Phyllis graduated from Alice High School, and got her teaching degree from Lamar University. She was a teacher her entire life. She spent a year in Splendora and Fairfield, before finding her true home in Eagle Pass, Texas where she taught for many years. She was active in politics, served on the Texas Education committee for Governor Ann Richards, and was active in TCTA. She was involved in the VFW, sponsoring the Junior Girls organization. Her biggest achievement was when she was named Citizen of the Year in Eagle Pass.
She moved further down south to Rio Grande City to be closer to family, where she taught until retirement in 1986. At that point, she migrated north to Conroe, Texas to be near family once again.
She immediately joined TOPS Chapter 1476 in Conroe, and has been a member for 22 years. This group has provided her with years of enjoyment, friendships, encouragement and support. A special thank you to all the ladies who have been such a big part of mom's life.
Phyllis enjoyed volunteering, and helping out whenever possible. She was active in the Steel Magnolias and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Center. In addition, she spent may hours volunteering at Magnolia High School, where her daughter Roxy serves as Lead Counselor. She attended numerous sports activities for years, served as a judge for UIL, and enjoyed cheering on her two favorite teams and coaches, MHS volleyball coach Terri Johnson and ORHS basketball coach Barbara Leon.
She joined the West Tabernacle Church and found a spiritual family that once again, became a huge part of her life. She headed up the birthday card ministry and was responsible for getting church news put in the paper.
Writing was another strong suit of Phyllis. She wrote many poems and short stories over the years, and has had her work published.
In addition to her many achievements and activities, family was always on the forefront for Phyllis. Having raised three daughters, her time was split between supporting Rhonda in FFA, Roxy in band, drama and UIL, and Rosslyn in sports. She raised her granddaughter Heather, serving on the Choir Booster Club with long-time friend and choir director Tom Bates, and assisting with her cheerleading and UIL activities.
Regardless of the numerous health conditions she suffered with throughout the years, she was always ready to go, go, go. She loved shopping, eating out, and watching her great-grandchildren flourish.
Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents Sam and Irene Todd. She is survived by her daughter and partner Rhonda Halekakis and Carol Dreyer of Katy, Texas; daughter and husband Roxy and Alex Gilchrist of Montgomery, Texas; daughter and companion Rosslyn Halekakis and Teri Decker of Lodi, California; brothers and wives Sammy and Patricia Todd of Canon City, Colorado and Jerry and Shirley Todd of Placitas, New Mexico; granddaughter Heather Howell of Montgomery; step-granddaughter and husband Coty and Trey Kitkoski of Anderson, Texas; step-granddaughter and fiancé Holly Gilchrist and Jason Jones of Montgomery, Texas; Great grandchildren Niko and Lexi Howell, Dean Aldava and little Diva Carlee Jo Kitkoski; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. She is also survived by her loving pets; Locket, Solstice, and 2Bit.
Phyllis had excellent health care providers throughout the years. The family would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Raymond Johnson and his nurse Pam Melms; Dr. Mamta Jain; Dr. Sanjaykumar Patel; Dr. James Kutchback; Dr. Temitope Soares; and her in-home caregiver Gloria Jordan.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Sunday, February 18 at 7 p.m. at the West Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1900 FM 2854 (between South Loop 336 and IH 45). Phyllis was an avid lover and supporter of animals, so Memorial donations in her name may be made to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter or to the West Tabernacle Church. To leave condolences to the family, visit

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Conroe, TX 77304


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