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Phyllis Barr Irvin

10/25/1926 - 04/14/2022

Phyllis Barr Irvin, 95 passed away peacefully on April 14, 2022 in Mesa Arizona.

Phyllis was born on October 25,1926 to Miriam and George Barr in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from Denver’s North High School at the age of 15, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of Denver. She was an active member of the Kappa Delta Sorority and at 20 years old graduated in 1947.

The summer after graduation, Phyllis married George Stovall Irvin. They raised a family of three children. In addition to being a loving mother and supporting the family business, George Irvin Chevrolet, Phyllis was a gifted painter/artist and active member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter in Denver. Her love for nature led her to start a florist business in the beautiful mountains of Gunnison, Colorado in the late 70’s through 1980s.

As evidenced by her long life, she was a strong believer in good health practices such as diet and exercise. Her favorite sport was golf of which she was a dedicated fan. Even in her final years she was giving out health advice to her loved ones and talking about promising new pro golfers with her son and grandsons.

In her later years, Phyllis enjoyed life alongside her longtime partner Carl Sheppard, often traveling between Arizona, Colorado, and Ohio. During this time, she also became very serious about her faith in God. She found great peace in the assurance of her salvation as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her son George Jay Irvin and best friend Carl Sheppard. She is survived by her two daughters Jill McLaughlin (Denver, CO) and Janet Mills (Cassville, MO) and by her 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren whom Phyllis loved very much.

A memorial service will be held in Colorado at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Forefront Experience, a non-profit she cared about deeply. https://forefrontexperience.com/give/


Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information


  • You guys had such a wonderful relationship all these years. She was so supportive of your dreams.glad you had so much time with her

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