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Phyllis (Copple) Diedrich

Mrs. Phyllis Diedrich of Nashville, departed this life at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. She had attained the age of 88 years, 2 months and 18 days.

Phyllis was born in Walnut Hill, on January 17, 1929, as the youngest child, and only daughter to Effie and Eulace “Deacon” Copple. In 1946, this vibrant young woman graduated from Centralia High School. She later married Elmer Diedrich on July 3, 1984 and they enjoyed dancing and played cards for several years until his death in 2002. Also preceding in death were her three older brothers: Donald Copple, Edwin Copple, and Richard (Ba) Copple, and her eldest son Gary L. Fetgatter. She is survived by two sister-in-laws: Earlene Copple and Ann Copple.

Phyllis is also survived by her two daughters, Jan (Fetgatter) Feaster and husband Rick of Dallas, Texas; Nena (Fetgatter) Sork of Alpena, Mich.; and son, Roland Fetgatter of Centralia.

Phyllis had many roles in her life, but one she was most proud of was the role of Grandma. She was a beloved grandmother to: Kent Dagnall, Kurt Fetgatter, wife Abigail, and great grandson Abram, all of Atlanta, Ga.; Alyson Feaster of Dallas, Texas; Annah, Ellen, and Emma Sork all of Alpena, Mich.; Andrew Fetgatter of Columbus, Ohio; and Sara (Fetgatter) Wollet, and husband Chad of New York, N.Y. She also leaves behind and was loved by many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was an active member of the Ruby Jewels (Red Hat) group in Nashville where she enjoyed many years of friendships as well as the Class of 1946 “Lunch Bunch”. This early bird also enjoyed coffee dates with friends, traveling, and was a feisty SkipBo player.

Per the wishes of Phyllis and her family, cremation was performed.

A memorial service celebration of a life well lived will be held at the Little Grove Christian Church in Walnut Hill, on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11 A.M.  Interment of Ashes will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 A.M. until the service hour.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Little Grove Cemetery and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home, who is assisting the family with arrangements.

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