Phyllis Jean Rhead
March 15, 1930 - October 20, 2011

Phyllis Jean Rhead

Phyllis Jean Rhead
Mar 15, 1930 - Oct 20, 2011

Phyllis Jean Rhead
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Phyllis Jean Rhead age 81, of Ames died Thursday, Oct. 20 at Israel family Hospice House in Ames. A gathering of friends and family will be 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care in Ames with an 11:00 a.m. Monday, Oct 24, Celebration of her life memorial service at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames with burial at Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Phyllis was born March 15, 1930 in Little Falls, Minn. the daughter of Axel and Esther Carlson. She graduated from the Bethesda Hospital of Nursing with her RN in St. Paul, Minn. She married Donald Rhead on May 30, 1952 in Freedhem, Minn. and they moved to Riverside, Calif where she worked as a Registered Nurse for a Dr. of Ophthalmology. The couple moved to Ames in 1964 to be closer to family. She joined Northcrest Retirement Community as a RN and worked there for many years.
She volunteered at Bethesda Lutheran Church on Wednesday mornings for several years. She enjoyed a good hand of Bridge and was involved with several Bridge Clubs in Ames. Her family and friends will miss her laughter and smile.

Phyllis is survived by husband Donald of Ames, her children, Gregory (Cheryl) Rhead of Humboldt, Janice Marie (Larry) Nordeen and Karla (Joe) Burgart all of Urbandale, six grandsons, Scott (Sheena) and Alex (Jill) Rhead, Ryan and Jacob Nordeen and Ronald and Andrew Burgart.

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Rest in peace in the Lord's care.


Dick - Millie Brown on Oct 24, 2011

Don -- Dick and I are so sorry for your loss. Phyllis was so much fun at our Lions club parties. Her wonderful smile and sense of humor will be missed. We will keep you and yours in our prayers. Love
Dick- Millie Brown Ames, IA

Mary Jo and Alan Talkington on Oct 24, 2011

Don & Family,
So sorry to hear of the death of Phyllis. Please accept our sympathy for your loss.

Lorelli Kidd on Oct 24, 2011

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Phyllis. I know that there is nothing anyone can say to make the pain go away but I would like to share an encouraging thought. Revelation 21:4 "He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." May knowing of Gods promise to eliminate death and sorrow forever provide a comfort during this difficult time.

Peggy Highland Towner on Oct 23, 2011

CandleSo sorry to hear of Phyllis's passing. Your Mother was a special lady. Phyllis always had the hardiest laugh, and a quick friendly smile,I know you will miss her deeply. Praying for you all. Rest in peace Phyllis until you all meet again in heaven. God Bless

Timothy Grandon on Oct 23, 2011

Marianne, Jim, Anne & David Chalstrom on Oct 22, 2011

Our sympathy to family and friends of a great lady!

Leanna Barber on Oct 22, 2011

CandleI enjoyed working with Phyllis at Northcrest. She was an awesome lady. My thought and prayers are with you all at this time.

Lori Debee on Oct 21, 2011

Lori Debee on Oct 21, 2011

CandleUncle Don, Greg, Jan, Karla & Families -

It's difficult to express the sadness that is felt with the loss of Aunt Phyllis. There are so many wonderful memories of times spent together - both in Ames and in Wisconsin - memories that will last forever! As you face the days ahead, know that we are with you. Another Angel in heaven - can you imagine that card party! Sending lots of love and hugs your way - we will see you soon. Rest in peach with the Lord Aunt Phyllis and may God strengthen and guide all of you.

Michael Nostwich on Oct 21, 2011

CandleDear Greg and family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time, God bless you all.


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Ames, Iowa 50010
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Ames, IA 50010
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