Death came as a friend to release captive prisoner Phyllis Ruth Kulinsky of the awful and ugly Alzheimer's disease that took over her soul.
Phyllis, 88, returned home to her Heavenly Father on Thursday, Jan. 10. She died at the South Lincoln Nursing Center in Kemmerer, where she was a resident.
Phyllis was the mother of Linda (Eddie) Roberts and Ken Vickie Kulinsky.
She was born in Frontier on Dec. 3, 1924, the third of five children born to Spencer and Erma Hysell. She had three sisters, Effie (Connie) Filewicz, Lillian Hysell, Erma (Bill) Thornock, and one brother, Spencer (Butch) Hysell, Jr. All have preceded her in death, with the exception of her sister Erma.
Her husband, Albert Robert "A.R." Kulinsky, also preceded her in death. He passed away in October of 2011.
Phyllis graduated from Kemmerer High School with the class of 1943.
During World War II, Phyllis went to California and worked in the Douglas Aircraft Plant. She worked the graveyard shift as a driller on bombers.
She was a nurse by profession. She retired on May 1, 1978, after working at the Lincoln County Miner's Hospital and the South Lincoln County Hospital, both in Kemmerer, after 34 years.
On Feb. 22, 1947, she married her sweetheart, A.R. Kulinksy. Together they enjoyed a lifelong companionship of 64 years. Side by side, they camped, fished, collected rocks, gathered wild mushroom, trapped, rode horses, hunted, raised their two children, traveled and spent time at the family cabin.
Her other interests included cooking, baking, collecting recipes and stamps. She liked to crochet, embroider, cross-stitch, take photos, do genealogy, gather family histories and pick wild flowers. She loved the blue skies and clouds of Wyoming.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held numerous positions throughout her life, including visiting teacher, junior Sunday school coordinator, first and second counselor in the Relief Society Presidency and homemaking leader. She was a member of the Singing Mothers and a four-year graduate of the adult seminary program. She also worked for several years in the Family Name Extraction Program. On Feb. 25, 1989, with her husband's permission, she went to the Salt Lake City, Utah, temple and received her own endowments and was sealed to her parents.
She was a member of the Lincoln County Extension Women's Council, Salona Home Economics Club, Royal Neighbors and a certified election judge.
Before the devastating entanglements of Alzheimer's robbed her of her identity and personality, Phyllis was a very loving, caring, giving and compassionate woman. She loved her family and friends. She put their needs ahead of her own. She was always asking, "How can I help?" or "What can I do for you?" Her mind was never on herself. She was a giver, not a taker.
She is survived by her two children, daughter Linda (Eddie) Roberts of Kemmerer, and son Ken (Vickie) of Diamondville, and her sister, Erma (Bill) Thornock of Pocatello, Idaho.
She is also survived by three grandsons, Doug (Susie) Roberts of Kemmerer, Aaron (Dawn) Roberts of Lyman and Kory (Cody) Kulinsky of Starr Valley, Nev.; two granddaughters, Kenna (Matt) Anderson of El Paso, Texas, and Kira Kulinsky of Billings, Mont.; three great-grandsons, T.J. and A.J., sons of Doug and Susie Roberts, and Kaden, son of Aaron and Dawn Roberts; four great-granddaughters, Brinley and Adilyn, daughters of Aaron and Dawn Roberts, and Katen and Makayla, daughters of Kenna and Matt Anderson.
Other surviving family members include several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be held at the Ball Family Chapel in Kemmerer on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Phyllis will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband at the South Lincoln Cemetery in Kemmerer.
Ball Family Chapel of Kemmerer was entrusted with arrangements.