When Phyllis met Ernest Margheim, it didn't seem that she had much in common with him. He was born of German parents, grew up on a farm, was crazy about Western Swing music, and was taught Luther's Catechism inside and out in the Lutheran Church. Phyllis's father, Henry James Jones, (1889-1976) was born and raised in Mississippi, the son of a blacksmith. Her mother, Helen Wilma Marker (1904-1949) was born and raised in a Kansas farming community.
|Henry James "Jim" Jones and "Helen" Wilma Marker Jones|
I was a shy, timid and fearful little girl as a result of my
mother being absent. I suffered what I later learned was "Separation Anxiety". We attended Sunday School faithfully but Phyllis told me that I'd cry each Sunday when she took us to Sunday School and then left the classroom. So she'd sit with me to keep me comforted. She decided that if she was going to be attending each week's class, she might as well teach the class. And that's just what she did .... for 34 years! She taught the 4 year olds at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend every Sunday for those 34 years!
|Phyllis, Maxine and Frank Jones|
|Right to left: Phyllis, Maxine, Frank Jones|
|Phyllis Jones at left, Helen Jones at right|
|Helen Marker Jones with daughter Phyllis, 1924|
|Back row left to right: Helen and Jim Jones, Mary (Hawkins) |
Smith (1866-1951) mother of Jim Jones, Ham and Iva Jones,
Unknown. Front row left to right: Frank, Maxine, Phyllis,
Marjorie and Dorothy Jones, and Unknown.
|Helen (Marker) and Jim Jones|
|Henry James "Jim" Jones (1889-1976) and wife |
Helen (Marker) Jones (1904-1949)
|Jim and Laura Jones with her granddaughter Cheryl Evans.|
|Phyllis Jean Jones, GBHS Class of '42|
|Ernest and Phyllis Margheim 1950|
|Phyllis and Ernest Margheim about 1996|