Phyllis A. Kernes
Phyllis A. Kernes
  • December 15, 1929 - August 22, 2017
  • Choctaw, Oklahoma

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Phyllis Ann Kernes was born on December 15, 1929 in Brandywine Hundred, Delaware to Louis S. and Rena (Hanby) Nathan. Phyllis and her family moved to Millville, New Jersey while she was a child. After graduating high school, Phyllis joined the Women's Air Force (WAF), completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX and remained stationed there. Given an assignment driving the WAF commander, Phyllis was responsible for picking up and returning the staff car on a daily basis. One morning, while signing out her officer's car from the motor pool, Phyllis met the handsome and charming Staff Sergeant Clarence Kernes. After approximately eight months of dating, which included romantic dinners, movies, picnics and many fishing trips, Phyllis and Clarence were married. The following year, the couple was blessed with the birth of their first child, Jorge Stephen Kernes. After several duty assignments, the family moved to Perrin AFB in Dennison, TX. There, Phyllis gave birth to their second son, Richard Alan Kernes. After Clarence retired from the Air Force in 1966, the family moved from Custer Air Force Station in Battle Creek, MI. to his home state of Oklahoma. There, both Phyllis and Clarence went to work as civil servants at Tinker AFB. In 1970, Phyllis and Clarence found and purchased the property that they had dreamed of - almost five acres with a very comfortable home and a second, "little" house. When they weren't working or on hunting expeditions, they spent the next almost-five-decades improving the property. Enlarging the existing pond, gardening, trimming and removing trees - constantly improving their surroundings. They grew and harvested apples, pears, peaches and pecans. From the garden and orchard, the "fruits of their labors" were either consumed during their meals, or shared with family and friends. Over the years, Phyllis made countless friends and kept in close contact with her relatives in the Northeast. Ask any of the people who were fortunate enough to have had their lives touched by Phyllis, and they will tell you what a warm, generous, kind-hearted individual she was. Always willing to "go out of her way" and help anyone in need, she was the Wife, Mother, Aunt, Friend that you could rely on. Phyllis Kernes was loved by many and will be missed. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Roger Nathan; and sisters, Lois Gregowske and Joyce Nathan. Survivors include her husband, Clarence J. Kernes; Sister, Marie Nathan; Sons, Stephen and Richard Kernes; Grandchildren, Amber Evett, Louis Kernes, Alaina Cannizzaro, William Kernes and Anna Kernes; Great Grandchildren, Amelia Maldonado, Isla Kernes, Vincent Cannizzaro, Clive Kernes, Eirikr Cannizzaro and Luna Evett; and numerous other friends and family who will miss her dearly. Inurnment will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 1, 2017 at Arlington Memory Gardens, in Oklahoma City, OK, with a memorial service to follow at 11:45 a.m., at the Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home Event Center.
Arrangements under the direction of Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home, Oklahoma City, OK.