Phyllis Jane (Van Slyke) Hunt

June 7, 1939 ~ November 16, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Phyllis Hunt Obituary

Gainesville --- Phyllis Jane Van Slyke Hunt, age 84, previously of Port St. Lucie, FL, and a former resident of Gainesville passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at the home of her son, Michael Phelps, in Plymouth, NC.

Phyllis was born June 7, 1939, in Warsaw a daughter of the late Wesley and Ruth Morris Van Slyke, the youngest of 5 children. Her brothers, Paul Jord, Wesley Allen, and most recently Bruce Van Slyke have all passed before her.

Phyllis grew up on a farm with her family in Gainesville and attended Gainesville High School and later Letchworth Central School.  In 1957, she married Robert J. Phelps, who died in 1974.

For many years, Phyllis worked at SUNY Geneseo and for a time, she owned and operated a women’s clothing store in Perry. Phyllis later worked for NY State at Letchworth State Park. She married Larry Hunt and after both had retired, they travelled extensively while Larry was employed by FEMA. She operated The Country House antique shop in Rock Glen before they moved to Florida.

Phyllis had many close friends during her life and in her early years sang in her church choir and participated in many activities. She loved to cook, bake, entertain friends and family, and tend her flowers.

Phyllis will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Hunt was proceeded in death by her husband, Larry Hunt, who died in 2008, step-son Richard P. Hunt, and by her son, Gerald Phelps, who passed earlier this year.

Mourning her loss, she is survived by many loving family members including her son Michael, with whom she had been living, and daughter Lori Ann Phelps of Wiscoy; grandchildren John (Courtney) Phelps, of Rochester, Patience (Douglas) White, of Silver Springs, and Kristin (Thomas) Fulford and a great-granddaughter, Brynleigh of Rochester; her step-children Laurie (James) Buzzard of Cuba, Vickie Hunt of Bradford, PA, Susan (Robert) Bleeks of Hume, and their families; sister Judith Rutherford of Silver Springs, sister-in-law, Carolyn Van Slyke of Pike and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may gather from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N Genesee Street, Fillmore where a funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm. Rev. Bruce Smith, pastor of the Higgins Wesleyan Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Grace Cemetery, Castile.

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December 2, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Kopler - Williams Funeral Home
21 North Genesee Street
Fillmore, NY 14735

Funeral Service
December 2, 2023

1:00 PM
Kopler - Williams Funeral Home
21 North Genesee Street
Fillmore, NY 14735


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