Phyllis Ruth Aydt, age 75, a resident of Cedarhurst of Shiloh, formerly of O’Fallon, born Feb. 3, 1939, in Hamilton County, died Monday, March 31, 2014, following a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Ms. Aydt was an elementary school teacher in Cahokia public schools from 1961, until her retirement. She was a long-time volunteer at Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis and the Granite City soup kitchen. Her mission work throughout the United States inspired many friends and showed her passion for serving the poor. She was a Sunday school teacher in the Baptist church and her bubbly personality brought life and sunshine to those around here. She was a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams. She was known as the “Mayor” of Cedarhurst, where she loved the staff and many friends and neighbors there.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Alma née Tolley Aydt; brother, Linus “Sonny” Aydt; sister, Betty Stephens; and brother-in-law, Don Harris.
She is survived by her sister, Alice Harris of Bluford; four nephews; three nieces; and a host of extended family and many special friends.
Memorial donations are kindly suggested to Christian Activity Center or Alan P. Lyss, MD, Endowed Share Fund of Cancer Research c/o Missouri Baptist Healthcare Foundation.
The online guestbook may be signed at www.wfh-ofallon.com.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Chet Cantrell officiating. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Blooming Grove Cemetery, near McLeansboro, in Hamilton County.
Arrangements are entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.