Phyllis Sanchez, 74, of Billings, a teacher who had worked for Head Start and the Migrant Council, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.
She was born April 27, 1938, in Billings, the daughter of Felix and Margaret (Alva) Ontiveros. She attended Garfield School and Lincoln Junior High School.
On Oct. 23, 1954, she married David R. Sanchez at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. She attended Eastern Montana College, and after her children were in school she started her teaching career.
She worked for Head Start at North Park and in daycare at First Congregational Church. She worked for the Migrant Council and set up an education program for children in the ’70s, located in Poly Drive School. She was also employed with Billings Deaconess Hospital for a short time.
She was a lifeguard at South Park pool and participated in dance programs at Lincoln Center.
Survivors include her husband, David; children, Dennis Sanchez, Diana Parrott, Ronald Sanchez, Ben Sanchez, Bonnie Sanchez, Gary Sanchez, Frank Parrott and Felicia Sanchez Rivera; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Paul Ontiveros.
She had received care from a niece, Lori, the last two weeks.
Vigil services were Feb. 15 and a Memorial Mass on Feb. 16, both at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Interment will be held later. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.