Remembering Phyllis Feener

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Phyllis Feener
May 24, 1960 — May 27, 2018

A Note from Stan, her loving and faithful husband: The name "Phyllis" means tenderhearted, and she was just that. The verse I'd like to share that goes along with her name is Psalm 116:1 — "I love the Lord, because he hears my voice and my supplications."

A note from Brandon Steele: This past Sunday we lost a beloved sister. Phyllis Feener passed away after a five year battle with early onset dementia. Phyllis and her husband, Stan, have been faithful family members for over six years. They served on the coffee and welcome team at the 9AM Cannery worship gathering for many years. They have been heavily involved in house churches and have blessed many with their intercessory prayers for our church family. Their joy, kindness, love for the Lord, and commitment to each other made an impression on all who had the privilege of knowing them as a couple.

We grieve with Stan and the rest of his family in this loss, and we miss Phyllis dearly. And at the same time, we praise our Lord Jesus knowing that death and disease do not get the final word in this situation, that one day, because of Jesus, we will see Phyllis and enjoy her presence forever in the presence of our King.


1. Pray for him and their children as they mourn the loss of their wife and mother.

2. Donate to the GoFundMe page to help cover some of the after-death expenses and helping Stan find a job, as he had to quit his job to care for Phyllis full time.

Written by Kelli Taylor, Stan's and Phyllis' daughter: Our lives changed in 2012 when Phyllis began having trouble with tasks at work. At first we believed it was simple memory loss due to menopause. However, after being released from her job, Phyllis turned to medical tests to determine what was causing this loss of memory. In 2013, Phyllis was diagnosed with a subtype of dementia — a shocking diagnosis for a 52-years-young woman…and for our family.

Neurologists tell us there is no cure for dementia; that the medications prescribed will only slow down the progress. Towards the end of Phyllis' life, her condition had progressed to a point that she could not be left alone. She was unable to perform simple tasks like pouring a bowl of cereal or dressing herself, had trouble communicating her thoughts and needs, and had forgotten names of family members.

If you are unable to donate, please know that your love, support, and prayers are just as meaningful to us. Please pray for our family as we grapple with both the practical and emotional difficulties of this situation, especially Stan. We love you all and feel blessed to have you in our life.

Ethos family member & beloved sister, Phyllis Feener, passed away on Sunday, May 27th, after a 5 year battle with early-onset dementia. She is survived by her husband, Stan, and their three grown children: Kelli Taylor (husband, Josh), Alex Feener, and Josh Feener.

A "Celebration of Phyllis' Life" will be held at Grace Baptist Church (200 Belinda Pkwy. Mt. Juliet, TN) on Saturday, June 9th at 3pm — visitation will begin at 2pm. Read her full obituary here. And read more about how you can love and support Stan in this time of grief here.

Phyllis loved the color purple...please wear purple to the celebration and memorial to remember her and to show support of the fight against Alzheimer’s.


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