Phyllis M. (Leacox) Blakesley (1923 - 2013)

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INDEPENDENCE – Phyllis M. Blakesley, 89 years old, of Independence, died on Sunday, March 17, at the Buchanan County Health Center Long Term Care unit. She was born on April 26, 1923, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Howard M. and Velma Lorraine (Hotle) Leacox. Following her graduation from Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids with the Class of 1941, she finished the course of study at the Cedar Rapids Business College. On Nov. 6, 1943, she and Robert Dean Blakesley were married in Cedar Rapids. In the early 1950's they moved to Independence. Mrs. Blakesley was a legal secretary for several years and also worked at Collins Radio. After moving to Independence, she was an active partner in Blakesley Cleaners until retiring in 1985.
Mrs. Blakesley is survived by her husband of 69 years, Bob, one daughter, Mary Beth (Dolph) Leytze of Independence, and one son, Bill (Patricia) Blakesley of Manchester. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Carol Leacox of Bettendorf.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and one sister.
Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence with Rev. John Hougen officiating. There will be a private burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence. The family will greet friends after 1 p.m. on Thursday at the church. A Memorial Fund has been established for the First Presbyterian Church. On line condolences may be left at
White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Mar. 18 to Apr. 6, 2013