Phyllis Ann (Morton) Shahan

Phyllis Ann (Morton) Shahan, 78, got to meet her heavenly father on Sunday, Sept. 19.

She was born in Atlas, Oklahoma, on March 15, 1943, to William Zolly and Golda Marie (Westbrook) Morton.

She married “the boy next door,” Allen Eugene Shahan, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, on Oct. 20, 1962.  They were looking forward to celebrating 59 years in love next month.

Phyllis was a beautiful woman inside and out and was a shining light for Jesus everywhere she went. She loved everyone she met. Her love for cooking and baking was shared with the community of Evanston for several years through her restaurant “The Lil’ Red Hen.” She was an artist by nature — she loved drawing and painting as well as writing poetry — but her proudest accomplishment was her family.

She is survived by her loving husband, Allen; her children, Stephen (Karen) Shahan of Clinton, Utah, Brett Shahan of Evanston, and Jeffery (Amanda) Shahan of Greeley, Colorado; and her brother, Ronald (Nina) Morton of Garland, Texas.

Through her three boys and her brother, she was blessed with 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one niece, three nephews and several great-nieces and -nephews, whom she loved so dearly.

She is preceded in death by her father, William Morton; and her mother, Golda (Westbrook) Morton.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Crandall Funeral Home, 800 Uinta St., Evanston. Viewing for family and close friends will be one hour prior to the service.

Interment will follow in the Evanston City Cemetery.

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