January 18, 2021

Born in: Providence, RI
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Phyllis Calhoun Whitaker of Owensboro passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021. She was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of the late Robert and Catherine Casey Calhoun. Phyllis was a graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School and Brescia University. She spent a 33-year career with the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services.

After retirement, she volunteered at Owensboro Health in the surgery waiting area and also in Pastoral Care as a Eucharistic minister. She was a member of St. Pius Tenth Catholic Church where she volunteered in the office. She was also a long-time member of the choir.

Phyllis was a Kentucky Colonel and supported their Good Works Programs. She enjoyed reading and music and in prior years she was a member of OCTC chorus, the Owensboro Symphony Chorus and the Diocesan Choir. She enjoyed watching Kentucky and Louisville basketball. She loved life, her family, her church and her friends. She is also extremely grateful for all the prayers and support she received during her long cancer journey.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Cookie Calhoun and Ellen Calhoun Morris, and her brother Mike Calhoun.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years Terry; her daughter, Melanie Wallace (Scott) of Owensboro, her grandchildren Colton Wallace and Bradley Wallace of Owensboro; her brothers Robert Calhoun (Rosemary) of Lexington; Ed Calhoun (Linda) of Owensboro; her sister, Claudia Donehue (Kevin) of Columbus, OH; her brother in law, Joe Morris of Hampstead, NC; and sister in law, Juanita Calhoun of Corpus Christi, TX. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Friday at St. Pius Tenth Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, and again from 9:00 am until the time of service Friday at St. Pius Catholic Church.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of Contributions to St. Pius Tenth Church Renovation Project at 3418 Highway 144, Owensboro, KY 42303 or Hospice of Western Kentucky at 3419 Wathen’s Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Family and friends who wish to honor Phyllis at the visitation and funeral are required to wear a mask while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Whitaker. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Phyllis Calhoun Whitaker and sign her virtual guestbook by going to


Visitation: January 21, 2021 4:30 pm - January 21, 2021 7:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Visitation: January 22, 2021 9:00 am - January 22, 2021 10:00 am

St. Pius Tenth
3418 U.S. Highway 60 E
Owensboro, KY 42303

Service: January 22, 2021 10:00 am

St. Pius Tenth
3418 U.S. Highway 60 E
Owensboro, KY 42303

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  1. Phyllis was always so wonderful to be around. She had a ready smile and such a sweet, soft voice. I loved working with her at the St Pius X picnics. She will be so missed.

  2. I met Phyllis through my wife, Sallie when we were dating. That was over 48 years ago, She and my wife were friends for nearly 60 years. My wife and I remained close friends with Phyllis and her husband Terry all of these years. I was amazed at her courage and positive attitude as she battled her illness for some 7 years. She was a joy to be around, a great friend and irreplaceable. She will be missed. If anyone is going to heaven, she is first in line.

  3. Terry and Melanie,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Phillips. She was as nice of a woman as I have ever known. Please know that Phyllis’s entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.
    Lewis Jean

  4. I worked with Phyllis from 1991 through May of 1993 then would get to see her at the hospital if I had a family member having surgery. She was always upbeat and energetic, and alway so sweet to me. She was a light. My sympathies to her family. I know she will be missed by so many people.

  5. God bless you all during this hard providence. Phyllis was one of the kindest ladies I ever met. I always enjoyed her at our SilverSneakers’ class and Chair Yoga
    at the YMCA.
    Terri Ann

  6. Melanie,
    I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers today, during services and after. Your mom is so sweet and left a special memory with so many. I know she will be missed terribly! Know you can call or text me anytime, I’m always here, Melanie!
    Love and comfort to you all,

  7. Phyllis will be missed by so many. She was so special and had a beautiful voice. God speed, peace be with you.

  8. Melanie, thinking of you and your family. I’m so glad I got to know Phyllis. She was sweet, kind and thoughtful and we will miss her at yoga and exercise. You and your family are in my prayers. ❤️🙏

  9. Dear Melanie and Family,
    My sincere condolences on the death of your mother. Prayers for you and yours.
    Linda Haynes

  10. Terry and Melanie, my very sincere sympathy to you. Phylllis was such a sweet lady. Prayers are with you.

  11. Hey Terry, So Sorry to Hear about Phyllis. I know what you and Melanie are going through at this sad time. I know we have been Friends for many years and even though I have not seen her for a long time I feel like I have known her well through you. My deepest Prayers are with you brother. It will get a bit better with time, but you have lost something that can never be replaced and my heart is saddened for you. God bless & Godspeed my friend..

  12. We enjoyed knowing Phyllis at Brescia and enjoyed working on our 50th reunion from Brescia in 2019. We will keep her and the family in our prayers.

  13. My deepest sympathy is extended to Terry, Melanie, Ed, Claudia, Bob, and all of the family. Phyllis fought the good fight and left us all with beautiful memories that will always live in our hearts. May God comfort you in these times of grief.

  14. As Claudia is my dear friend, I am looking forward to meeting Phyllis when we are all gathered together with Christ. Knowing people we love have received Jesus Christ as their Savior is the most comforting thing. Our lives on earth are only a brief time, but Eternity is forever. Glad I will have plenty of time to get to know her.

  15. To Terry, and all of the Whitaker and Calhoun families:
    I was so sorry to see about the passing of Phyllis and
    want all to know you are in my thought’s and prayers.

  16. I want to extend my sympathy to Terry, Melanie and the rest of the family. I went to Brescia with Phyllis, she was a delight to be around. You have an angel in heaven now to watch over all of you. It was so good seeing her at the reunion in 2019.

  17. For Phyllis Calhoun Whitaker family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Phyllis was a special person. We could not attend the funeral, so we just wanted you to know we are thinking of you and praying for Phyllis and the family.

    Richard Brown, Judy Brown & Terry Murphy

  18. Tri-State Branch #105, Fleet Reserve Association
    C/o 4100 Kipling Drive
    Owensboro, Kentucky 42303-7220

    Dear Calhoun-Whitaker Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow on the passing of Phyllis Calhoun Whitaker.

    Stay strong and let us know how you are doing.

    On behalf of the members of our Branch, we offer our condolences.

    In Loyalty, Protection & Service,

    The Shipmates & Ladies of Tri-State Branch #105, FRA

  19. We are so sorry to hear of Phyllis’ passing. Please accept our sympathy from her cousin James C. Clayton and Gail Clayton. You are in our prayers. May she rest in peace.

  20. Terry and family:
    So sorry to hear of Phyllis’ passing..worked with her for many years for the
    State of Kentucky and she was always a sweet lady. Still remember the many times we’d get together at your place to party so many years ago! I’ll keep her in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord guide you through this difficult time.

    Tom Luckett

  21. We missed being at the funeral mass today. I would have loved singing with the other choir members to honor such a wonderful, lovely lady. Our prayers to the Whitaker, Wallace and Calhoun families.

    Roger & Marian Jones

  22. To Phyllis’s Family,
    We have known Phyllis for several years, some before she was married, however mostly saw her on class reunions from OCHS and Brescia. We last saw her at Brescia’s 50th reunion for the class of 1969. It was while we sat at the table with her I asked about her dad’s relatives. To my surprise she was cousins with one of my childhood Curdsville neighbors and classmates, her dad was a brother to our neighbor, Joe Calhoun. We talked about music and found out she was a bluegrass fan too. We talked about going to the next bluegrass concert but she couldn’t make it. So Septmeber 2019 was the last time we spoke. We I knew she had cancer and was still taking treatments but you always hope and pray that it will go away. Phyllis always had a beautiful smile and kind words for all. May God’s peace be with you as you grieve her loss.

  23. To my godmother,
    You are the kindest, most loving soul. I will cherish all the memories I have being in Kentucky with you, all the chats, meals, and good times. Thank you for being a guiding light and a best friend to my mother.

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