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Phyllis Jean (Haworth) Cecil

November 22, 1940 ~ February 26, 2022 (age 81)

Obituary

Phyllis Jean Cecil, for years known as Motorcycle Mama, a bike-riding PTA mom who never left the house without her eyelashes glued in place and her lipstick carefully applied, died February 26, 2022, in Corn, Oklahoma, with her children by her side. She was 81.

Phyllis was born November 22, 1940 in Fairview, Oklahoma, to Ernest A. and LaKada Pauline Gaylord Hayworth.

She grew up in Fairview and lettered in basketball before moving to El Reno for high school where she met Don Hubert Cecil.

The couple were married in Gainesville, Texas, in 1958 and settled in El Reno.

Phyllis and Don were married for 54 years when he died in 2013.

Phyllis was a classy, down-to-earth woman who “marched to the beat of her own drum,” her family recalled. And she always kept Jesus Christ close to her heart and lived according to His teachings.

Every Tuesday or Thursday night for years Phyllis hosted a weekly Bible study group at her home. She was a longtime member of Wesley Methodist Church in El Reno.

People of all ages were drawn to Phyllis. She had an adventurous spirit and zest for life.

Everyone knew her as she zipped around town on a motorcycle. She was the “cool” mom and friends of her children always wanted to ride in her Toyota station wagon during school field trips.

She and Don ran their two motorcycle shops together, Canadian Valley Cycle Center in El Reno and the Ken Mendenhall Sports Center in Edmond.

Phyllis took care of the books for both shops while she was raising the couple’s four children, Sherri Dawn, Robin, Don Jr., and Rosalind, known as Rozi

Sherri remembers driving every day with mother from the El Reno shop to Edmond in a gigantic gold Cadillac that Don got in a trade for a motorcycle. The family guard dog, Kurt, was in the back seat along with Rozi, an infant.

Sundays meant both church and motorcycle races. Robin recalls going to the motorcycle track with her mother right after services. They would duck into a cargo trailer to change from their Sunday best into casual clothes then spend the rest of the day with the Canadian Valley Cycle Center race team.

Phyllis was extremely creative. The Cecil children were the envy of the neighborhood at Halloween because of the elaborate, offbeat costumes designed and made by their mom.

One child was a werewolf, with fake hair held in place by Phyllis’ abundant eyelash glue. Another was a chicken wearing a large rooster tail that Phyllis created from party streamers and chicken feet made out of dishwashing gloves. A papier-mache egg completed the winning ensemble.

A Cecil child nearly always won a prize for the best costumes. Other children would ask Phyllis to make their costumes.

Phyllis was an accomplished archer. She won the women’s state championship and was a member of the local archery club.

She encouraged her children to share her love of sports and competition. Phyllis coached her daughter Rozi’s junior high basketball team. She was such an enthusiastic fan that she never missed a home or away game and cheered louder than any other parent.

And she was a tough coach, telling Rozi to “get out there and get blood in your eyes.” She watched every day after school when Rozi did 10 for 10 free throws before homework or chores. That experience under her mother’s watchful eye led Rozi to become her team’s top shooter

Phyllis loved to dance — the Jitterbug, swing, country, it didn’t matter to her. Not many had her level of enthusiasm for the dance floor including Don, so Phyllis was always looking for a dance partner. She couldn’t hold still once the music started.

After the children were out of the house, Phyllis and Don realized a lifelong dream when they bought a 40-acre ranch in Canton, Texas, and raised and trained racehorses. Phyllis was so devoted to the horses that she would sleep in the barn when a pregnant mare was ready to deliver.

Left to cherish her memory are her four children and their spouses: Sherri Zongker and husband, Tim, of Lake Elizabeth, California; Robin Raso and husband, Frank, of Cleburne Texas;

Don H. Cecil, Jr. of Las Vegas and Rosalind (Rozi) Gear and husband, Billy, of Las Vegas. Her sisters, Marjorie Mowery and

Sally Vahle, both of El Reno. Grandsons Blake Cecil and wife, Jennifer, and Garrett Cecil. Great grandchildren Amelia, Oliver and Eli, Madilyn and Cohen. And nieces and nephews Lorie Finnigan, Amber Titterington, Brett Mowery, Allison Barker, J.W. McKinster, Jay and Jon Carr and Shane Rounds

Her parents and a brother, Dwayne, died before her.

Affordable Cremation Service of Oklahoma City is handling arrangements.

Phyllis’s family will gather in the summer to celebrate her long and full life in a private service held in a location that brought her much happiness— a horse racetrack

Memorial donation may be made in the name of resident Phyllis Cecil to Corn Heritage Villages of Corn, 106 W. Adams St. Corn, OK 73024-0098.

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106 W. Adams St., Corn OK 73024
Tel: 1-580-343-2295
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