Phyllis Sortland

Phyllis Sortland was born June 14, 1926, Born June 14, 1926, to Rev. Henry and Matilda (Sayers) Cannon at Castlewood, SD, Phyllis had a long life passing away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Trinity Homes where she resided for more than 10 years.  

Early education in SD continued in Bottineau, ND and then Hannah, ND where she graduated from high school in 1945.

Then she attended Jamestown College and earned a BS Teaching Degree in 1949.  That was applied to teaching in Hannah, Neche, Carpio, Harvey, and then Minot Public Schools for 21 years.

Phyllis became the wife of Rev. John Sortland on December 29, 1954, in Fargo, ND.  She actively supported her husband’s ministries and served musically.  She played and taught piano.  They moved back to Minot in the 60’s and resided in their home along the river.  

She enjoyed reading throughout the years and keeping up with family and friends through letters and newspaper clippings.  

After John’s retirement they made a trip to visit family in both Norway and England.  She retired from teaching in 1990 to help care for her husband who passed away October 5th of that year.

She was preceded in death by all her family, brothers John and Dwight Cannon, sisters; Vera Cannon, Bernice Brostrom {Ralph), Mary Treleaven (Elden), and Dorothy Cannon.  She was also preceded by a nephew Richard Brostrom.  

She is survived by niece; Marlys Brostrom Libengood (Fred), nephews; Dennis (Shirley) Brostrom, and Larry (Linda) Treleaven.

Graveside Services will be held 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at Sunset Memorial Gardens, north of Minot, ND with Pastor Matthew Scherbenske officiating.

A book signing and visitation at Thomas Family Funeral Home in Minot will be held Monday, September 13, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Memorials are preferred to Vincent United Methodist Church, Billy Graham Evangelical Association in Minneapolis, or American Cancer Society.



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