ODESSA, Texas — Catherine Phyllis Mudd, age 84, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the Home Hospice House of Odessa.
Born in Monroe City, Mo., on Dec. 13, 1928, to John Gregory and Lilian B. Seward, Phyllis was one of four children and went to school in Monroe City before attending Quincy (Ill.) College.
Her professional career included employment at A. Louis Supply in Ashtabula, Ohio, and El Paso Products in Odessa. She also volunteered with the Ector County ISD as an aide to special-needs children and was active with Meals on Wheels and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
But the lasting legacy of Phyllis Mudd will always be that of a loving, loyal wife and a tireless, doting mother. She met the love of her life, Joseph Richard Mudd, as a schoolgirl in Missouri and married him in a driving snowstorm on New Year's Eve of 1947. Together, they shared six decades of love and devotion - a lifetime of love, for better or worse - before Joe's passing in 2007. Along the way, they raised four boys - Joseph Gregory of Ashtabula, Ohio, John Stephen of Odessa, Texas, Michael Richard of Dallas and Jeffrey Scott of Austin - and enjoyed spoiling her nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Through the years, she attended countless ballgames, nursed a thousand skinned knees, patched both torn clothes and broken hearts and provided a lasting, shining model of what a wife, a parent and a friend could and should be.
The busy business of parenting aside, Phyllis also loved spending time and sharing laughs with her friends. She looked forward to her weekly card games with Ida and the Gang, which became an extended, cherished family of sorts, and to casino getaways to Hobbs with her son Steve and daughter-in-law Joyce. While she claimed to never win, that wasn't really the point to Phyllis, who was instead rich in the ways of friendship.