Phyllis M. Person, age 92 of Runnells, died Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Mill Pond in Ankeny. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at the Runnells Christian Church, with burial following at Lowman Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the church. The family will greet friends from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Runnells Christian Church Building Fund, Mill Pond Retirement Community or Hospice of Central Iowa. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com.
The daughter of Bliss and Corda (Park) James, Phyllis was born on May 19, 1919 in Carlisle, Iowa. On May 17, 1942, she was united in marriage to Dean L. Person. Phyllis was an active member of the Runnells Christian Church and also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Runnells. She enjoyed cooking and entering items at the Iowa State Fair, reading, gardening and playing cards.
Those left to honor her memory include her son, Dave Person and his wife Judy of Altoona; two grandchildren, Ryan Person and his wife Jody and Jeni Person and three great grandchildren, Nathan, Emily, and Zachary. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Dean, a great grandson, Benjamin, two sisters, Velma Cleveland and Doris Stuchis and a brother Robert James.
Dave, Judy, Ryan, Jody and family- We are so sorry to learn of Phyllis's passing. She was a fine woman, with a good heart, who brought joy to all who knew her. Take comfort in your memories of Phyllis and in the difference she made in your lives. Remember--she will always be part of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
During the time I was with the Runnells Kitchen Band, I became a friend of Phyllis. She was always friendly and pleasant. It was a pleasure knowing her. She will be missed by many, including me.
I knew Phyllis through Eastern Star. She was so nice to know. May your memories help sustaine you. In Star Love, Dorothy Armstrong
Dave and Judy, I was so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. Phyllis was a wonderful lady, and I have such fond memories of growing up with her and Dean around. They were much loved by our family and were always a huge part of our July 4th celebrations in Carlisle.
While we didn't get a chance to know your mother personally, we feel like we did from know you and Judy for so long. We know she had to be a great mother because she raised such a wonderful and caring son. Her life and her values go on in you and Judy and your children and grandchildren. Certainly she had a life well lived.
What a joy she was. You will miss her smile and giggle, but she has left you and so many others with so many wonderful memories that bring a smile and a warm touch to all our hearts.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Phyllis. I will never forget her amazing red cake that came to the Carlisle Fourth of July celebration at my Grandma and Granddad Town's. I remember picking sweet corn with both Dean and Phyllis and will always remember her contagious laugh!
Dave and Judy, I was sadden to hear of Phyllis passing away. What a wonderfully delightful woman she always was - so caring and giving. My deepest sympathies to you. Trudy Mott Gaub
I am sorry to read this morning paper about your MOm ! I tried to visit her last summer and did not ever find her home! I always did enjoy both dean and Phylis Iam in florida now so will not get to attend heer service. Thinking of you! Gwen Bivans Kuhn
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