Phyllis A. Sublett

November 7, 1927 - July 11, 2019

Phyllis A. Sublett passed away on July 10, 2019 at Delnor Hospital, surrounded by family. Phyllis came into this world on November 7, 1927 in Hinsdale, Illinois. She was raised by her loving parents, Ethel and Harry Ferguson and grew up with her two fun, caring brothers, Harry Jr. and Michael, whom she adored. During her school years Phyllis enjoyed sports, reading, and spending time with her friends.  Phyllis graduated from Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois. Thereafter, she modeled and attended Roosevelt University where she met her life-long partner and future husband, Samuel Sublett, Jr.

After a whirlwind romance, Sam and Phyllis married and settled into their first home. Their eldest son and daughter, Samuel IV and Suzanne were born and thereafter the family relocated to St. Charles. The family was blessed with the birth of two additional children, Jeanette and Steven.

Phyllis found joy in teaching her four children their school lessons. Once her youngest child, Steven, enrolled in kindergarten, Phyllis made up her mind to return to school to complete her college degree. She enrolled at Northern Illinois University. She attended class during the day while her children were in school and studied at night after putting all four kids to bed. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education.  Her proud husband and four children attended her graduation and cheered her on.  Her love of children and education inspired her to become an elementary school teacher. As if raising a family of four children and holding down a full-time job as an elementary school teacher wasn’t enough, Phyllis fulfilled her thirst for further knowledge by completing two master’s degrees at Northern Illinois University.

Phyllis taught first and sixth grade at Hillcrest School in Elgin, Illinois where she had many friends who were fellow teachers.  She worked until she retired in 1991.  Once retired, Phyllis enjoyed life with her beloved Sam who fondly referred to Phyllis as "Chicken". Her greatest pleasures came from joining Sam, family and friends at golf tournaments at courses located throughout the country. Phyllis also had many hobbies; her knitting is renowned. She knitted beautiful sweaters, scarves and of course the coveted baby blanket. Phyllis was also an avid reader and a member of numerous book clubs. She loved attending the Flairs Club meetings with her beloved “Flair Sisters”.  One of her favorite pastimes was going out to lunch and attending the jewelry show with her dear friend Sandy King. Phyllis was also a great cook and known for her fabulous BBQ ribs, delicious turkey and amazing New Year’s Eve Eggnog. Phyllis was happiest when she was spending time with her eight grandchildren.  They loved the root beer floats and twinkie desserts that she lovingly prepared for them.  She also was their biggest cheerleader at numerous high school and collegiate sports events.

Phyllis leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Samuel Sublett, IV, and Steven Ferguson, daughter-in-law Leona, daughter Suzanne Sublett-Nyenhuis, son-in-law Paul Nyenhuis, daughter Jeanette Sublett, son-in-law Langdon David, eight grandchildren: Gabe Dani, Sydney, Tyler, MacKinzie, Langdon Earl, Savannah and Samantha, ,  three great-grandchildren; Logan, Colton and Sadie. She is also survived by three sister-in-laws: Vernette Smith, Nancy and Beverly Sublett and one brother-in-law, Richard Sublett and numerous nieces and nephews.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Samuel, two brothers; Harry Jr. and Michael, a brother in law Rollin, and a sister in laws Alice, Ann, and Mabel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phyllis’ name to the St. Charles Public Library Foundation One S. 6th Ave. St. Charles, IL 60174.

A memorial visitation will be held Thursday July 18, 2019 from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. at Moss Family Funeral Home – St. Charles, 100 S. 3rd Street St. Charles, IL. A memorial service will start at 4:00 P.M. also at Moss Family Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Moss Family Funeral Home – St. Charles 630-584-2000 or

Guest Book

  • Shelley Best Ellerston My sincere sympathy to the Sublett family on the passing of your mother! Sending prayers of peace and comfort in your loss.
  • Mary Ellen and Jim Collins I will always remember Phyllis as a beautiful and kind person that I have had the pleasure to know. Small conversations here and there over the last 40+ years have always been special to me and I will always remember the sweet and gracious nature that she possessed. God bless Phyllis and her family.
  • Sue Ellett My sincere condolances on the loss of your mother and grandmother. I remember Phyllis as the wonderful teaching partner with my dad, Dick Sisler, at Hillcrest. Earth has lost a special person, but heaven has gained another angel.