NEW SHARON —
Phyllis Irene Garner, 86 of Pella passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oskaloosa.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, from noon until 7 p.m. at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home in New Sharon. Family will be present to greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A private family burial will be held Thursday morning at the Friends Cemetery in New Sharon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Mahaska Athletics. Friends can sign the online guestbook at www.hollandcoblefuneralhomes.com.
Phyllis Irene Garner, daughter of Lloyd and Irene (Stephens) Kussart, was born on Jan. 15, 1927, in Ottumwa. Phyllis attended and graduated from New Sharon High School. Upon graduation, she attended the American Institute of Business on scholarships for both academics and basketball. She continued her success in college where she graduated with honors. On March 10, 1946, Phyllis married her true love, Colyn Garner. While Colyn was farming, Phyllis raised a family and worked for the ASCS office in Montezuma and the Taintor Savings Bank in New Sharon. Phyllis and Colyn made the most of their time together. They shared a love for camping and fishing. They started with a tent and over the years worked their way up to a recreation vehicle. It didn't matter what they were camping in, the time together was what they cherished. Phyllis and Colyn would take every opportunity they could to go square dancing, whether it was at a local dance or performing for the governor. Phyllis truly enjoyed the state fair and went every chance she had from the time she was a child. She also enjoyed playing pitch and pinochle and was an avid fan of New Sharon athletics. Phyllis has been a member of the United Methodist Church for her entire life and was active in the United Methodist Women. In all the activities that she participated in, being a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother was her greatest joy. She was a loving person with a big heart, and she will be greatly missed.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Colyn (2008).
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Greg (Sumiko) Garner, of Knoxville, and Jay (Jan) Garner, of Pella, and her daughter, Priscilla Warner, of Rochester, N.Y. She was a loving grandmother to Rachel (Sonny) Durham, Leila (Eli) Johnston, and Quincy Garner, as well as a great-grandmother to Mia Marie and new baby Kroy James.