Phyllis Hancock Gehrt, age 94, of Bloomington, Illinois passed away peacefully on July 16, 2022 at Carriage Crossing.
Her graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at East Lawn Mausoleum in Bloomington. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Chapel Choir Fund or the church Youth Program.
She was born on October 11,1927 to Eugene and Cora Hancock in Peoria, Illinois. She had one younger brother, Richard Hancock. Shortly after she was born, they moved to Ridgeway, Illinois. Growing up in this small town, Phyllis was very fortunate to begin piano lessons at the age of five from a wonderful piano teacher. This was the beginning of her incredible love for the piano. Later her family moved to Grayville, Illinois where she attended Elementary, Jr. High, and High School. She graduated in 1945.
All through her educational years, Phyllis continued learning and enhancing her piano skills. In the fall of 1945 she enrolled in Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, majoring in piano and minoring in organ. Here, she met her future husband, Daniel David Gehrt. They were married on June 26, 1948. Phyllis and Dan began their married life in Normal, Illinois, where she began teaching piano in 1948. She taught until 1988. Her love for music shined through everything she did. She continued to play the piano her entire life. Phyllis was also the assistant organist for 2nd Presbyterian Church in Bloomington for twenty years, as well as being the accompanist for their Children’s Choir for many years.
Throughout her life, Phyllis was blessed with three daughters: Sarah Oberst of Bloomington, IL, Melissa Whittet of Granbury,TX, Amy McCown (Mark) of Bloomington, IL and a foreign exchange student daughter Mika Spottz of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She had six grandchildren: Elizabeth Jackson (Patrick) of Bloomington, IL, David Oberst (Leah) of Glen Ellyn, IL, Jackie Hopper (Justin) of Granbury,TX, Sissy Bevan (Austin) of Granbury,TX, Ross Whittet of Granbury,TX, Chase Whittet of (Fort Worth,TX) and 13 Great-Grandchildren, a Grand-dog Millie, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Dan, her brother Richard Hancock, and her son-in-law Steve Oberst.
Phyllis was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota National Professional Music Fraternity for Women, Chapter CL of PEO, 2nd Presbyterian Church, and Sarah Circle at 2nd Presbyterian Church.
Phyllis’s greatest desire in life was to live a life of love for others and for Jesus Christ. Anyone that knew Phyllis would agree that she did just that. She will truly be missed by all.