Phyllis Krings


Phyllis Krings


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Phyllis Krings
Phyllis Krings

Phyllis Short Krings passed away on February 6, 2010, at Vintage Suites at Grand Park peacefully with family by her side. She had resided there for the past two and a half years.

Phyllis was born on August 3, 1920, in Lewistown MT to Lafayette and Opal (Olinger) Short, the second of nine children. She graduated from Fergus County High School in 1939.

She was united in marriage to Alvin John Krings on November 6, 1941. To that union two daughters were born, Linda in November of 1942 and Janice in August of 1945.  They moved to Billings in 1948 when Al transferred from Northwestern Bank in Lewistown to Billings State Bank. As the banks merged he worked at First National Bank which later became Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo).

Al passed away in January 1992 shortly after they celebrated fifty years of marriage.

Phyllis returned to work when her daughters started school and worked at Buttrey’s Department Store and The Billings Credit Bureau retiring in 1978. She was “first on phones” at the bureau which was truly her calling as she loved to

talk on the telephone. Phyllis was such a social person and on the go all the time. She loved to travel, shop, lunch and visit with family and friends. Vacations were spent with family camping and traveling throughout the United States. Her smile, even in her last days, will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband Al, brothers Bill, Don and Stan; her son-in-law Gregory Axlund , and grandson, Christopher DelPriore, and one infant sister.

She is survived by her sisters Pat Brown and Francis Toomey, brothers Jim Short and Don Short; daughters Linda Axlund and Janice (Art) Geiger; grandchildren Michael Axlund ,Deanna (Larry) Bingham, Scott (Monica)

DelPriore and Cynthia DelPriore; great-grandchildren Kristin Bingham, Brooklyn DelPriore and Brock Collins.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Vintage Suites and Rocky Mountain Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

Vigil Services will be at 7 p on Thursday, February 11, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30, Friday at St. Pius X Church. Rite of committal will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association of Montana, Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave N. Billings MT, Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2110 Overland Avenue, Billings MT or charity of choice.



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Having recently lost my mother, I understand what a void their departure leaves behind in our lives. I hope you find the support you need during this time and that you have many happy remembrances of you mother’s place in your lives.

Tim Joyce


Janice and family,

We are thinking of you and yours during these emotional times.

Bill & Kathleen LaMeres


Having just lost my Mother this fall. I understand how you feel. You will be in my prayers. Our Mom’s were such good friends, they remined me of middle school girls. Shopping going to lunch. I don’t know if your Mom ever shared with you one time Phyllis and Evelyn thought they would be smarter than the crooks, they took thier credit cards to Buttrey’s. Made copies of then in case they were stolen. When they got home they got a call from Buttrey’s they left the cards in the machine!!! Middle School, don’t you think!!My prayers are with you. Ginny (McDonnell) Senden

Janice, Linda and family,

I have so many good memories of your mother. I remember when Phyllis and Al used to pick me up for school every day–that went on for years–until we could drive. (There is an inside joke here about me driving your mom and dad’s car, but I won’t get into that now. They both forgave me for that one.) She was a kind lady who loved people and always had a smile on her face. She had so much energy, so many friends and was truly a people person. When she first arrived at Vintage she was easy to spot in the crowd because she was the only one living there who didn’t have white hair. She didn’t let any grass grow under her feet. She was always ready to do something fun. Phyllis lived a full life and left you all a many happy memories and a great legacy. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.



Aunt Linda, Deanna, Mike and family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Please take care and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Scott, Marie, and family



Just a note of sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your mother.  It’s so difficult losing a parent, but cherish all those great memories. I always enjoyed working for your Dad at First National Bank, the start of my banking career.

Lana Pavelis Bittner


Linda and Janice, Your family in the Lewistown area is praying for you after the loss of your mother. We will always remember Aunt Phillis. God Bless……….Stop in if you get to town.

John Tognetti Jr. and John Sr.


Linda and Janice, I have many fond memories of your mom. You mom, Lillian Palmersheim and myself were very close and worked at the Credit Bureau together. We had many laughs together over the years. The last

time I saw her was in Billings at the Card Store by TJ Maxx – again we laughed. I feel bad you have lost your mom but I know you have many more special memories to help you in your loss. God Bless you and your families.

Sharon Settles Cunningham


This is a remembrance to the family from Della and Carol Wardell and Ross Brown.

We all loved her, as you said she was a special person and always ready with a smile and conversation.

My mother, Della, is related to Phyllis in as much as her Step Father was Byron Olinger. Byron was married to my Grandmother, L Dora. Mom’s comment about Byron was, “He was sure good with horses.” I guess he was quite a trainer.

I knew him later in life when Mom would visit him in Klein MT. I remember her taking him sacks of food that he surely appreciated as he did not feel well at that time. I remember over the years, him telling stories of days gone by and how interesting they were.

Mom also tells of the days as a youngsters when her, Phyllis and all the kids would ride whatever horses were available and hang out by the railroad tracks that were down the hill from the home place in the Lewistown area.

They had lost track of each other in adult life until one day about 7 years ago Mom recognized your Mom at the airport and they were re-united. After that Phyllis would come visit and call on a regular bases, which was a great joy for Mom as

she is getting more dependent on drivers.

Mother is doing pretty well. She had a mild heart attach about two months ago. Lives on her own at the Lipp Rd place. My brother is staying with her for an undetermined amount of time and I’m sure she enjoys that. But, this is not because she has to have someone there.  She turned 91 on Valentines day.


We are all happy to have known Phyllis. It warms me that she had such a beautiful and comfortable place to live throughout her life. We had enjoyable

times visiting at Vintage suites.

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