Our beloved mother, Phyllis Marie Bollman of Troy, Idaho passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018 at Good Samaritan Moscow Village. She was 89 years old.
Phyllis was born February 21, 1929, in Omaha, Nebraska , to John K. and Kathryn H. Leeper French. She grew up in Iowa, and attended high school in both Toddville Iowa and Gresham Oregon and was a member of the girls' basketball team. She briefly attended college at Seattle Pacific University. Her father was a minister and had a radio program on Saturdays, called Morning Highlights. Phyllis and two of her sisters sang gospel songs on the air and their father preached.
While at a church camp service in Iowa, she met her sweetheart, Thayne Harlan Bollman. They were married three months later in Oskaloosa, Iowa on March 2, 1951. The couple made their first home in Madison, Wisconsin where Thayne worked construction and Phyllis was a busy homemaker and mother to their first four children.
In 1960, the family moved to Seattle, where their fifth child, Jeff was born. Phyllis' father, Rev. J.K. French, pastored a church in Burien, Washington where they attended, and he also was the main summertime Nazarene church camp cook at Halls Lake, where she assisted him in the kitchen for several years. They made three meals a day, baking homemade pies and bread rolls for up to 350 campers.
In the early 1960’s, Phyllis and Thayne bought a home on Scenic Hill in Kent, Washington. Phyllis was a talented seamstress and made almost all of her daughter's dresses. She enjoyed bowling on local leagues and competed at the national bowling finals in Reno, Nevada.
In 1971 , the family moved to Troy, Idaho. After moving to Troy, Phyllis worked as the head cook for the Troy School District until her retirement in 1978. Her four sons were all very athletic, and she was their "number 1" sports fan. She was known for being very vocal and even running up and down the sidelines at their football games.
Phyllis and Thayne enjoyed being “snow birds”, wintering in Arizona for over 30 years. Over the years, she sang in church choirs, taught Sunday school, participated in Bible studies and was a devoted Christian. Most recently, she'd been a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Moscow.
She will be remembered as an exceptional cook and baker, who won blue ribbons at the Latah County Fair for her delicious cinnamon rolls and chocolate cake. She was a kind, affectionate, fun loving person who enjoyed family and friend get-togethers, and playing board games and dominos.
Phyllis was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her surviving family members, a daughter Karen (Rod) Krueger of Eugene, Oregon and four sons, Randy (Judy) Bollman of Maple Valley, WA, Brad (Julie) Bollman of Troy, ID, Todd Bollman of Uniontown, WA, daughter-in-law, Dawn Bollman and Jeff (De) Bollman of Troy, ID. She leaves 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also, surviving are her brother Don French in Enumclaw, WA and a sister, Marilyn Jordan of Jackson, Alabama as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband of 67 years, Thayne, she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Norma Trenhaile and Colleen Trimble and a great-granddaughter, Alli Anne Marie Bollman.
The family suggests memorial donations be sent to: Compassion in Action, enclosing a memo stating for the Bollman Memorial Fund and mail to: Compassion in Action, P.O. Box 45, Fall City, WA 98024.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Moscow, ID at 3:30 PM on Saturday, September 22, 2018.