Phylis June Landrus was born June 28, 1932, in Osage, Wyo., to Earl and Erma Young. She passed away Friday, June 7, 2019, in Lewiston.
Mom, one of eight children, grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota and the Lewiston Orchards. She often told the story of Mount Rushmore workers coming over to the family home in the Black Hills for dinner. When the family moved to Lewiston, they ran an orchard in the area where Sacajawea Junior High is now located. Mom worked at Smith’s Frozen Foods, where she met her soulmate, Samuel Everett Landrus. They were married Oct. 5, 1950, and remained with each other until Dad’s passing, Sept. 24, 2003.
Mom went to work in 1956 at Potlatch Forests Inc., where she wasn’t allowed to join the union because she was a woman. Mom had to quit the mill in 1957 because of pregnancy, but went back to work in 1958 and eventually retired from the mill in 1989. Mom always prided herself on keeping a beautiful flower garden at her home at the top of Rankin Hill in Clarkston. Her home was always open to visitors, including family and friends, often stopping by to shoot pool, visit on the patio, or grab a cup of coffee and breakfast before an early hunt.
Mom was preceded in death by her husband, Everett; daughter Shirley Landrus Crawford; brothers Richard, Scott and Bruce; and sisters Helen and Marilyn.
She is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Gail) Landrus of Deer Park, Wash., and Ronald (Lori) Landrus of Clarkston; son-in-law Steve Crawford of Bellingham, Wash.; brothers Loren (Diane) Young of Clarkston and Gerald (Carol) Young of Lapwai; and sister-in-law Dorothy Young of Orofino. Mom also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and Shirley’s best friend since childhood, Debbie Hart.
A celebration of life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Moose Lodge, on Sixth Street in Clarkston.
Please remember Mom by being kind to people you meet on the street or donate to Twin River Special Olympics, at 2367 Rolling Hills Drive, Clarkston, WA 99403; or the charity of your choice.