OSKALOOSA — Phyllis Nadine Stevens, 90, of Oskaloosa, passed away June 22, 2014, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa.
Visitation will begin Friday, June 27, after 9 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 5-7 Friday evening to greet friends and relatives. Funeral services will be held Saturday June 28, at 1 p.m. at Bates Funeral Chapel, followed by burial at Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Memorials may be directed to Hospice Serenity House at 630 N. 12th St. in Oskaloosa, IA. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit www.batesfuneralchapel.com.
Phyllis was born Sept. 29, 1923, in Oskaloosa, the daughter of Robert and Caroline Cole. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1941. Phyllis was united in marriage to Walter Leroy Stevens on Dec. 24, 1941. Following their marriage they settled at the Stevens’ Family Farm and spent the next 35 years on the farm. Together they welcomed five children into their family Sharon, Richard, John, Dan and Deborah.
Phyllis will be remembered as our teacher. Her sense of humor, honesty, and strong work ethic lives on in each of us. Phyllis loved family gatherings and preparing meals and desserts. Family was the center of her world. She had a flair for interior design and was a master gardener. She enjoyed playing the piano, dancing, music, cards, board games, gardening, sports, and travel.
Phyllis is survived by her children: Rick (Connie) Stevens, of Oskaloosa, John (Sandy) Stevens, of Grundy Center, Dan Stevens, of Oskaloosa, and Debbie Stevens, of Oskaloosa; 16 grandchildren; Ward Wilkin, Dirk Wilkin, Josh Farrell, Stacey Bone, Heather Stevens- Vandenberg, Whitney Schneider, Abby Stevens, Grant Stevens, Haley Swanson, Blair Stevens, Ross Stevens, Zach Flaherty, Joe Flaherty, Dustin Flaherty, Ashley Schultz and Jake Osborn, plus 23 beautiful great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; two brothers-in-law: Robert Stevens of Silver Springs, Maryland, and James Morgan, of Rockville, Maryland.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Sharon Farrell, great-granddaughter Annie Schultz, a sister Louise Cole and two brothers, Don and Robert Cole.