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Obituary for Phyllis Jean Adolph
Phyllis Jean (Backenkeller) Adolph, died Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Roundup Memorial Hospital. She was born August 25, 1929, in Billings, MT, the youngest child of Nicholas Henry and Mary Elsie (Turner) Backenkeller. She grew up on her parent’s wheat farm in Hay Basin east of Broadview. She attended school at Garfield School in Billings, Progressive School east of Broadview and graduated from Roundup High School in 1947. Prior to her marriage to Oscar Adolph on August 3, 1950 she worked for 1.5 years as a clerk in the Musselshell/Golden Valley County Extension Agent’s Office. She ranched with her husband seven miles north of Roundup until 1978 when they sold the ranch due to Oscar’s ill health and moved to town. Phyllis had many interests and enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, crafts, and gardening. She also loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She began working at the Roundup Record Tribune in 1979 and continued there as a reporter/office girl until June 2017. In 1990 she began ABC Doll Hospital and repaired, restored and dressed many dolls over the years. She closed the doll hospital in 2007 as a business but continued to love dolls and occasionally repair them. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Musselshell Valley Historical Museum, Roundup Memorial Healthcare Auxiliary, Chapter N P.E.O., Friends of the Library, and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Her husband, Oscar, preceded her in death in 2007 after being happily married for 56 years and in 2008 she lost her eldest daughter Joyce Brewer. Others who preceded her in death were her parents: an infant sister Margaret Faye Backenkeller; brother Ted Backenkeller; sister and brother-in law Marian and Sandy Brown and son-in law Ted Eck. Survivors include a daughter Joann Eck of Anaconda; son Jerry (Shana) Adolph of Billings; son-in law Duane (Sharon) Brewer of Roundup; six grandchildren, James, (Kelly) Brewer of Roundup, Laura (Travis) Kamp of Pompey’s Pillar, Heidi (Lars) Rasmussen of Bozeman; Carl Eck of Belgrade, Tommy and Molly Adolph of Billings; ten great grandchildren, Kendyl and Karley Kamp, Kyle, Ryan, Tyler and Dylan Brewer of Roundup; Aksel, Freja, Iver and Willa Rasmussen of Bozeman. Also surviving are brother-in law W.S. (Adeline) Adolph of Billings and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Roundup with private burial beside her husband in the Roundup City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Musselshell Valley Historical Museum, Zion Lutheran Church, Roundup Memorial Hospital or the charity of your choice. Wier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.