Date of Death: July 5, 2023

Service Details

Family will receive friends on Saturday, July 15, 2023 beginning at 11:00 a.m. until her Celebration of Life at 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 215 N. Main St., Three Rivers. Pastor Derl Keefer will officiate.

Obituary Notice

Phyllis Ann Buckhold, 92, of Three Rivers, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at Beacon Health System – Three Rivers surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 13, 1931 in Three Rivers, the daughter of Luther E. and Elma Rose (Trenary) Tracy, and graduated from Three Rivers High School with the Class of 1949. She also attended Western Michigan University for three years.

Phyllis was a longtime member and pillar of support for First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers, serving as a Sunday School teacher for many years and participating in the United Methodist Women. She volunteered with the domestic assault shelter and the Three Rivers food pantry.

Decades of students knew her as a substitute teacher in the 1980s and 1990s, and she shared her musical talents playing organ for Hohner Funeral Home.

Phyllis married Darwin Buckhold on August 29, 1953 in Three Rivers; they shared 46 years of marriage prior to his passing November 11, 1999.

Remaining to cherish her memory are her children, Tracy (Steve) Adams, Linda (Milton) Burdick, Ron (Patty) Buckhold, and Amy (Rodney) Arnold; grandchildren, Jason (Laurie) Adams, April (Chris) Barnhart, Wayne (Sarah) McCollum, McKenna Burdick, Mitchell Burdick, Ashley (Casey) Brandys, Adam Buckhold, Lindsey (Caleb) Daulton, and Nichole (Ian) Peterson; 16 great-grandchildren; special friend, Lane Wells; brother, Ross (Memory) Tracy; brother-in-law, Del (Nancy) Buckhold; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Additional Information

Donations in Phyllis’ memory may be directed to First United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the church or at Hohner Funeral Home.

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  1. Phyllis was always so kind to me. She invited me and Lane Wells over for a wonderful dinner at her house in December of 2022. After we ate dinner, Phyllis, Lane, and I watched the evening news, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy together. Phyllis always talked with me at Meijer and at First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers when she saw me. I will miss her so much.

  2. She was a vibrant and beautiful light at Three Rivers UMC. She had a knack for comfortable stylish shoes! We sometimes talked shoes! She was part of a foursome group of gals at Three Rivers FUMC that caused good trouble, loved and served their church. So sorry to hear of this news! You all remain near in my thoughts and prayers. I will always remember her in the interview with Wood TV 8 -on the Corner. May treasured memories serve as a source of comfort in your grieving.

  3. Sending prayers for the family. Phyllis was a special lady. She cared so much for everyone. She loved the Lord and wanted everyone to love Him too. She talked so much about her family and how she loved them so much. Phyllis would get the biggest smile telling me which grandchild or child came to visit her. She never had a bad thing to say about anyone. I loved how she loved to get in her car and go and never worried about getting lost. An adventurous, active, loving women. She will be missed.

  4. A dear friend and one I admired forever, Phyllis was our rock at FUMC. No words can adequately describe her qualities as well as the Bible does. We will all miss her dearly. My heart aches for all of her loved ones. Your loss is also ours.

  5. Tracy,

    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I know she was very active with the church and gave many hours there. I pray that your comforted by our Lord in the knowledge and peace you’ll be together again..💐..✝️

    With deep sympathies,
    Sharon Butz Jacobs

  6. I have only known Phyllis for about a year, but we were both members of the prayer group at the Three Rivers United Methodist Church. She was very friendly and helpful, always had something nice to say about everyone. We will miss her greatly.

  7. What a dear lady! Roger and I especially enjoyed Phyllis and Darwin’s friendship over the many years with Johnson Corporation events and square dancing at Armstrong hall. Phyllis was always kind and made a positive difference with her life. She will be remembered by many. We can learn much by the way she lived her life. She will be missed and always treasured.
    Many prayer for the family and my sincere condolences.
    Jean Wiedenbeck and my whole family

    • Dear Ron and family,
      We were saddened to hear about your mom’s passing. She was such a nice and kind lady. May God give you peace and comfort in your time of sorrow.
      Prayers and condolences.
      Phil and Gayle Van Heukelum

  8. Phyllis was one of a kind and a true Christian woman and a treasure. I knew her from when I worked at curves in 3 rivers. And she sure was an active and loving lady. I will truly miss her. God bless her soul rest in peace, dear.

  9. Ron, Adam, and other family members,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your Mother’s/Grandmother’s passing. I’m sure she was a kind and friendly person like both of you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    • Phyllis was a part of my life from the time I was was born. From being a fixture at UMC, to spending time at the Buckholds farm ice skating on the pond, drinking hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows, to fishing at the lake house. She and my Mom, Mary, we best friends for 64 years and I always appreciated her honest opinions, her prayers and encouragement. Her faith was inspiring and I loved her for always loving our family and her friendship with my Mom.. We know she’s celebrating in Heaven but those still here will miss her tremendously. Condolences to Tracy, Linda, Amy, Ron and the rest of her family and friends. Sending love too you all.

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