Pella Chronicle


October 24, 2013

Phyllis Garner

Pella —

Phyllis Irene Garner, 86 of Pella passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oskaloosa.  
A private family burial was 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
Phyllis Irene Garner, daughter of Lloyd and Irene (Stephens) Kussart, was born on January 15, 1927 in Ottumwa, Iowa.  Phyllis attended and graduated from New Sharon High School.  Upon graduation,  she attended the American Institute of Business (AIB) 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, New York.  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.

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