Phyllis Elaine Allen was born to Frank Allen and Patricia Patterson on November 12th, 1963, in Tulare, California. She went home to her Heavenly Father on September 6th, 2020 at the age of 56. During her younger years she was an active member and gave her life to Christ at First Baptist Church in Pixley, CA. Phyllis was the mascot of the Tulare Stars and Stripes Drill Team and played softball. While attending Tulare Western High School Phyllis worked as server at Happy State restaurant along with participating in the Tulare Western Color Guard and graduating in 1981 with a 3.9GPA.
After completing several classes at the College of Sequoias, Phyllis transferred and relocated to Camarillo State Hospital where she attended Ventura College. While on winter break one New Year’s Eve, Phyllis meet Gregory Kahey Sr. and from this union, what she describe as one of her greatest accomplishments was the birth of Tashara Kahey and Gregory Kahey Jr. Calling Fresno her home she raised her children and continued serving developmentally and intellectually disabled adults at ARC of Fresno.
To be closer to family she relocated to Tulare, where she started working for Corcoran State Prison. Phyllis enjoyed her position as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Phoenix House. She later began working for Tulare Union High School where she started as an Instructional Aide and served as a BSU adviser. She genuinely loved supporting students to reach their greatest potential. During this time of her career she began a relationship with Raymond Crisp whom she married in 2006. Ray and Phyllis enjoyed their spontaneous rides to the coast where they would explore new restaurants. Another favorite of theirs was gardening in their yard and hosting family barbeques.
Phyllis would go on to become a Counseling Aide Technician and coordinator of the state testing services. She retired from Tulare Union High School after 21 years. Phyllis had a passion for people, especially the youth. She served the Lord using her many talents as a church youth leader, praise team & choir member, and prayer warrior. She would volunteer for her son’s sport teams serving as team mom. Phyllis not only raised her own children, but also opened her doors to many children as she raised her nieces Jamaisa Allen and Breanna Anderson during their final years of high school.
Mother’s Day weekend of 2019, Phyllis was diagnosed with Stage 4 Liver Cancer. She fought a valiant fight against the disease until the very end. Phyllis loved the lord and maintained her faith over her fears and never lost her praises to the Lord. She will be deeply missed by her two children who cherished the ground she walked on, as well as family, friends, and community.
Phyllis is preceded in death by: Her father Frank Allen. She is survived by: Her husband, Raymond Crisp; Her mother, Patricia Patterson, and stepmother Paulette Allen; Her children, Tashara Kahey and Gregory Kahey Jr, (Vanessa Mendoza); Her grandchildren: Ayzia Alexander, Akaylyn Alexander, and Gianna Kahey. Her brothers: Todd Henderson, Marcus Allen, Patrick Allen, Craig Jones, and Brad Allen; Her non biological sisters, Staci Holder (Phyllis’ little cousin), Raine Henry, and Martha Crisp, as well as a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and colleagues.
Following services, repass will be held at the home of Patricia Patterson 1884 Stagecoach Court Tulare, CA.
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