Date of Death:  October 23, 2022

Service Details

Visitation will be held Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 215 N. Main St., Three Rivers. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the church, with Pastor Tim Raakman officiating.

Obituary Notice

Phyllis May Gage, 90, of Three Rivers, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2022 at Safe Haven Assisted Living, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born September 23, 1932 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Levi and Ida (Grimm) Brewster.

Phyllis never graduated from high school because of the need to work in her parents’ grocery store.

She married Max Benthin, with whom she had a daughter Debra Benthin. They were soon divorced.

She then married James Gage in July of 1956 and they had two daughters and a son.

In the late sixties she made her family very happy by pursuing a career. She earned her GED and went on to receive her nursing degree.

Phyllis worked in the Three Rivers Emergency Room for many years. She was a natural at nurturing patients and families. Her kind heart and calm demeanor made her a great nurse. She made numerous lifelong friends with her coworkers.

After leaving the emergency room she started and organized the Three Rivers Specialty Clinic. Her last nursing job was at T.R. Mental Health.

Phyllis loved to travel. She and Jim took several trips with her loved niece Judy Oliphant and Len. They explored Italy, Spain, Bahamas along with camping locally.

Phyllis was very active in her beloved First Methodist Church in Three Rivers. While attending there she was in the choir, was a lay speaker and a life member of the United Methodist Women Group.

Remaining to cherish her memory are one son, Doug (Jacque) Gage; three daughters, Deb (Bob) Osborn, Pam (Mike) Heivilin, and Brenda (Patrick) Kinsey; seven grandchildren, Beau Osborn, Jason Heivilin, Logan Heivilin, Christy Sutton, Brandon Gage, Cara Spence, and Meryl Cabrera.

She had many great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Gage; her parents; and three sisters, Irene Brewster, Corky Hays, and Kate Chase.

Additional Information

Donations in Phyllis’ memory may be directed to either First United Methodist Church of Three Rivers or the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at and may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home.

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  1. Thinking of you all. Your dear mother was beautiful inside and out, a true Christian “Lady”. I was blessed to know her mostly during various church events; Choir, Christmas Cantatas, UMW, Rummage Sales plus times at the airport encouraging me (during my flying days).
    Your mother never spoke a bad word about anyone or anything. We got along well. She was fun and I loved her soft laugh. I will remember her always as she was. Keeping you all in prayer..
    Rest in Peace 🙏❤️🙏

  2. Phyllis led a full life, was always friendly and supportive of her patients, and always had time for a friendly conversation and smile with me. She and her sidekick, “Greg—yes you”, were quite a pair during her service as a mental health nurse. I ran into Phyllis several months back at a local business and she still remembered me, was pleasant, friendly, and still had her quick wits. This world needs more people like Phyllis, so it is especially painful to see her leave us.

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