Phyllis Ackley was surrounded by her family when the Lord took her home on July 23, 2018.
She was born Sept. 10, 1922, in Mead, to Philip Dewey Johnson and Lillian Julia Johnson.  
Phyllis was born and raised at Chery Hill Farm, the family farm, outside of Mead. After graduating from the Mead High School in 1942, she moved to Omaha and worked at Metropolitan Utility District.  Eventually her’s and Verl Ackley’s paths crossed.
They were married June 25, 1950 in Omaha.
They purchased a home known in Union as Cob Hill.
Phyllis and Verl had two children, Karen Fritschle and Wayne Ackley.
In later years, Wayne and Phyllis were the dynamic duo frequenting local restaurants and shopping.  
Phyllis always focused on her family and friends. She was involved in school activities, Vacation Bible School, WSCS (the Methodist Women’s group), Bible studies and many, many others.
Known for her baking and cooking skill, she baked pies and cakes for family and friends.
She cooked and baked at the restaurant in Union and for Babe, now Mary’s Café.  
She mentored Karen and her nieces, Melinda Rasmussen and Darlene Carritt, in cooking and music.  
She was active in the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 235 and the VFW Auxiliary.
She was a familiar face at community dinners on Election Day, Veteran’s Day, and the Union High School Reunion.
Sunday was her favorite day of the week. She loved playing the organ and piano at church.
She began playing at the Union United Methodist Church in 1962.
When the organist position opened at the Baptist Church, Phyllis played at the Methodist Church at 9:30 a.m. and then walked up the hill to the Baptist Church for the 10:30 service.
She retired from playing at the Baptist Church three weeks before her death.  Phyllis knew no strangers. She loved people.
She and Verl travelled to see Karen and her family at each of their Army stations.
They made two trips to Augsburg, Germany. In fact, one day Phyllis and Verl took off for an afternoon walk.
They walked from little town to little town talking with the people and buying various things.
They loved to getaway and travel.  They celebrated each new grandchild: Lisa (Booe) Cornell, Holly Booe, and Franz-Josef Booe.
Later they welcomed seven great grandchildren: Bradley Cornell, Jeffery Cornell, Zachary Cornell, Gregory Cornell, Allen Booe, Quincy Combs, and Abby Booe.  
She was predeceased by her parents, and her brothers, Philip and Kenneth Johnson, and her husband, Verl.
She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, Donna Johnson and Diane Johnson, and many, many good friends.
Funeral services were to be 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, at the Union Baptist Church with burial to follow in the East Union Cemetery near Union.
Visitations were to be 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Union Baptist Church or Union American Legion Auxiliary No. 235. Online condolences may be expressed at  
Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.