Phyllis L. Todd

Phyllis L. Todd, 101, of Topeka, Kansas died on April 24, 2021 peacefully at home surrounded by family members.

   Phyllis was born August 9, 1919, in Larned, Kansas, daughter of Walter Theodore (Ted) and

Edythe Luman Almquist.  She graduated from the College of Emporia with a bachelor’s degree in 1971.  She was married to the Rev. Dr. David H. Todd on June 6, 1943 in Hutchinson, Kansas and they were married for 41 years.  They served Presbyterian churches in Pawhuska, OK, Parsons, KS, and Roeland Park, KS before moving to Topeka in 1974.

     For more than 50 years, Phyllis was committed to women’s concerns in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Topeka community.  Phyllis served as Program Coordinator for the Presbyterian Women’s Triennial Gathering in 1970 held at Purdue University with the theme: What Time Is It?  She also coordinated the program for Church Women United, an ecumenical gathering, in 1977.  Phyllis was the 12th Moderator of the Presbytery of Northern Kansas in 1984.  She served as the Volunteer Coordinator at the YWCA in Topeka from 1984 – 1992.  As an active member at Trinity Presbyterian Church, she served on the Session, Visioning Committee, and led the Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study for the Mary-Ruth Circle for many years.  Phyllis served on numerous Boards such as Habitat for Humanity, YWCA, Church Women United, Ecumenical Peace Fellowship, and United Presbyterian Women.  She was an active member of PEO for over 74 years.

   Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband who died in 1984. Survivors include: two daughters, the Rev. Dr. Judith Todd, Albuquerque, and Speech/Language Pathologist Nancy Clark, Kansas City; a son Dr. Timothy Todd, Lenexa; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

     Phyllis was cremated.  A service of Celebration of Phyllis’ Life is being arranged for an upcoming date.  Memorial gifts may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 W. 21st, Topeka, KS 66604 or to the Topeka YWCA, 225 SW 12th St., Topeka, Kansas 66612

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  1. Phyllis, to your dear family, know that I will never forget her kindness and inspiring comments to me while I was organist at Trinity. She always had valuable insight to offer, presented with love and respect. Her love for God and many words of inspiration to others will be sorely missed. God bless you as you grieve her loss while rejoicing in her eternal home.

  2. I had the privilege of meeting Phyliss in 2018 at the YWCA’s volunteer appreciation. She inspired the YWCA staff, board and volunteers with her amazing stories about her work at the YWCA and the twinkle in her eyes told us how much she loved her work. Her passionate advocacy for women never wavered and she was proud of her 98 years. Her legacy lives on at the YWCA and I will miss our phone conversations. Rest in power, Phyliss.

  3. As a young woman working at the YWCA currently, Phyllis has inspired me in many ways and was a joy to get to know in the past several years. She never missed an opportunity to continue to help empower women, and ask engaging questions that showed how she truly lived and breathed women’s empowerment. I will remember her dearly, and hold her family in my heart and prayers as they grieve the loss of an amazing woman.

  4. Phyllis was a wonderful person and a pillar of the church at Trinity.. Her smile, her friendliness, her passion will be greatly missed. .She was an angel in disguise.

  5. So sorry to her about Phyllis. I hold you in my heart and prayers as you grieve and celebrate her life. She was so welcoming when Valerie and I moved to Topeka. She was a leader and compassionate care giver at Trinity and beyond the church. She will be missed.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, Phyllis. We truly miss you and know Trinity will not be the same without you. You touched so many lives with your warm and loving personality. May God hold you in the palms of his hand. Our loss is great but we are so glad you are now in a better place and finally pain free.

  7. What a beautiful and sweet woman your Phyllis was. My memories of her when I was more involved with the YWCA are ones of smiles of happiness and a true caring spirit for all, especially women. Condolences to all of her family and wide circle of friends.

  8. Sorry for your loss. What a beautiful lady Phyllis was. Saw her at a restaurant around Valentines Day in 2020. One time I saw her in HyVee and they offered to carry out her groceries and it was almost an insult for her. Worked at Presbyterian Manor under Dr. Todd and he later married my husband and I. Wonderful couple.

  9. my dear PEO sister, I am saddened to hear about your passing, but I know you are with God and the Angels above. Your work on earth is done, but i feel blessed to have had the opportunity to know you these last few years. God bless your wonderful family and friends who loved you as mother, and grandmother.

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