Venice Irene (Phillips) Talley
February 22, 1917 - April 6, 2012
Venice Irene (Phillips) Talley died peacefully on April 6, 2012 at Payson Care Center where she was undergoing rehabilitation following a stroke in February.
She was born on Feb. 22, 1917 in Guy, Ark., the third child of Martin Luther and Minnie Belle (Tyler) Phillips.
Following the death of her mother when she was 3 years old, she had many fond memories of being cared for in the home of her Uncle Joe Tyler. Her father remarried in 1920 to Allie Elizabeth Andrews and had 10 more children.
Mrs. Talley was good with sports, enjoying baseball and basketball with her brothers, and recalls picking cotton on the family farm. After graduating from Guy High School in 1937, she moved to California for work, which included welding on ships during World War II. She married Glenn R. Talley from Kansas on Jan. 1, 1940, and moved to Alaska with their three children in 1953. She worked for National Bank of Alaska from 1962 until her retirement in 1979. During those years she traveled to Europe and Egypt with friends and discovered photography as a hobby, in addition to sewing, gardening and quilting.
She raised prize-winning African violets, cooked a wonderful rhubarb crisp and played pinochle at the senior center for years. A longtime volunteer at the Mable T. Caverly Senior Center in Anchorage, Alaska, she was honored as “Mrs. Senior Citizen” at the 1995 Fur Rendezvous.
She moved to Payson, Ariz. in 2009 to live in the home of her daughter, Joe and Evelyn (Talley) Pickens.
Mrs. Talley was preceded in death by her first husband, Glenn Talley; her son, Jimmie R. Talley; and her grandson, Jimmie R. Talley Jr. She is survived by sister, Mildred O. Kim of Vancouver, Wash.; brother, Cecil Phillips of Lewiston, Idaho; daughter, Evelyn Pickens of Payson, Ariz.; son, Leonard Talley of Talkeetna, Alaska; two grandsons, one granddaughter, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She chose to be cremated and have her ashes scattered at sea. No memorial services were held in accordance with her wishes.
“She is missed by family and friends and we think of her often,” writes her family.