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Phyllis Cortner

September 25, 1926 — September 30, 2019

Our beautiful “Mom” and “Grannie” left us on September 30, 2019. Phyllis was born the fifth of nine children on September 25, 1926 to Orville and Sarah Burris at the family home near Boyd, Montana. Upon graduation from Joliet High School in 1944, she worked for 17 years at the Busy Bee and Red Lodge Café. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Phyllis was predeceased by her first husband David Planichek in 1961, second husband Calvin Cortner in 1980 and special friend Vince Mus in 2010. Mom is survived by Ronda Planichek Simkins (Tom), Joe Planichek (Tracy), JoAnn Cortner Graham (Dean), Rex Cortner, and Shane Cortner (Judith). Grannie is survived by 10 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She is survived by sisters Alice Zumbrun, Rita Burris, sisters-in-law Mae Burris and Maxine Cortner Krum, plus many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers David, Herb and Joe; sisters Mary Cline, Ruby Hyvonen and Rose Langevin.

Faith and family were most important to her throughout her lifetime. Phyllis loved to host the holidays and family gatherings and will be fondly remembered for her sour cream cinnamon twists. She was a hardworking rancher’s wife and enjoyed gardening and needlework. She was involved in the Eagles Auxiliary Lodge, Willow Creek Neighbors Club, All Nations Garden Club, Red Lodge Festival of Nations, and Red Lodge Community Church.

Her humble, soft and giving spirit will be with us always!

If you should desire, a memorial gift in Phyllis’s name may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 911 W. 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204, 509-455-7844,

A memorial service to celebrate Phyllis’s life will be held on a later date.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Phyllis Cortner, please visit our flower store.


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