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Memorial services for Phyllis J. Priestley, 91, were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28th at the First United Methodist Church in Guthrie Center. Twigg Funeral Home in Guthrie Center, was in charge of the arrangements.
Phyllis Jane Hansen Priestley was born on Dec. 29, 1923 in Audubon County to John and Minnie (Bach) Hansen. She died on Jan. 24, 2015, which was 10 years and one day after the passing of her husband, Charles Priestley.
Phyllis spent her entire life in rural Audubon and Guthrie Counties. After graduating from Exira High School in 1941, Phyllis attended beauty school and worked as a hairdresser until her marriage. She and Charles eloped to Hiawatha, Kan. on Dec. 5, 1946. In 1952 they moved to a farm 12 miles northwest of Guthrie Center, where they raised their family. Their three children were not the only thing raised on the Priestley farm. Chuck fed hogs and cattle and Phyllis cared for between 2,500 and 5,000 chickens year round. The egg enterprise was her responsibility and many long hours were spent feeding chickens, gathering, cleaning and packing eggs.
In the early 1970's, Chuck and Phyllis built one of the first homes in a newly developed Lake Panorama. The couple moved there permanently in 1984 and enjoyed many retirement years there watching the grandchildren jumping off their dock. Phyllis loved living in their lake home until she was 90 years old.
Phyllis was an extremely hard working woman of many talents. Her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens were a neighborhood attraction and her quilting skills earned her blue ribbons at the county fair. She won honors on the golf course and she loved to spend time fishing off her lot at the lake.
"Grandma Philly" especially enjoyed her great-grandchildren and she was generous and attentive to each. Although a shining star has gone out of our lives, she leaves a legacy of thoughtfulness, creativity and generosity that her loved ones can only aspire to. She will always be loved, never forgotten and is now dancing with Dad in Heaven. How good God is to have shared her with us for 91 years.
Phyllis was widowed by Charles, her husband of 58 years.
She is survived by her children Julie (Bob) Christensen, Pam (Dennis) Kunkle, and Bill (Marcia) Priestley, all of Guthrie Center. Her grandchildren, who all were blessed by her, are Troy (Dina) Christensen, Kelly (Brett) Rowley, Matt (Kari) Kunkle, Mark Kunkle, Andy (Julie) Priestley and Ali (Cary) Coppola. The great-grandchildren, whom she dearly delighted in are Gabe, Cale and Jenna Rowley, Zach, Jake, Austin and Ellie Kunkle, Katelyn and Claire Priestley, and Carter, Brynn and Lia Coppola, and Charles (Charlie) Christensen who was named after her beloved Chuck. Phyllis also has a surviving brother, Dallas (Polly) Hansen and two surviving sisters-in-law, Dorothy Norris and Virginia Windust.
Twigg Funeral Home
506 Prairie Street
Guthrie Center, IA 50115
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6, 2015