Phyllis Ackley Reilly


Phyllis Ackley Reilly, 95, of Terry died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at the Prairie Community Nursing Home.

The daughter of Carroll and Nellie Toepke Ackley, she was born April 8, 1918, in Allard, N.D. She attended schools in North Dakota except for her senior year in high school when she had to go help her grandparents, Edward and Mary Ida Ackley. She was madder than a hornet according to her sister, Doris. She graduated from high school in Bryant, S.D., in 1936. She then attended Dickinson Normal School.

On Feb. 17, 1940, she and Ed Reilly of Medora, N.D., were married in Wibaux. Mr. and Mrs. Reilly lived in western Montana and Idaho where he worked in the mines. They moved back to eastern Montana where they ranched and she taught school. She taught at the Washington Country School and for 11 years taught the first and second grades in Fallon.  

In 1963, she retired from teaching and enjoyed living at the ranch.

In 1972, Mr. and Mrs. Reilly bought the KOA Kampground in Troy. After they retired, they enjoyed fishing and traveling.

Mrs. Reilly lived in Troy until she moved to Terry in October 2012. She enjoyed fishing, watching birds, painting and quilting with her sister, Doris.

She is survived by two sons: Mike and his wife, Arlo of Troy and Jim and his wife, Norma of Terry; two sisters: Doris Pierce and Willa Rae Doll, and one brother: Merle Ackley, all of Washington; seven grandchildren: Shan, Shawn, Bernadette, Sonya, Darcy, Rhonda and Dana; and seven great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Ed in 1999; four brothers: Leslie, Everett, Jim and Clarence; and two sisters: Carol and Arlene.

Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Terry. Private family interment will be on the family ranch.

Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements.

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