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Phyllis Smith

Obituary for Phyllis Smith

April 26, 1933 - May 17, 2018
Creston, Iowa | Age 85


Phyllis Smith, 85, of Creston, died Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Afton Care Center. A Sharing Time will be at 3:30 p.m., May 26, 2018 at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Fellowship Hall, in Creston. Visitation with family receiving friends will be from 2-4:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church. Pastor Tony Thurston will officiate. Memorials can be given to the First Christian Church and/or Innovative Industries/Group Home. Online condolences can be given at

Phyllis Elaine Smith was born April 26, 1933, in Diagonal, IA to Florence Elaine (Hanks) Tharp and Thomas Milton Tharp. Phyllis graduated from Shannon City High School in 1951.

On July 7, 1962 she was united in marriage to Morris Glen Smith at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Creston, IA. They settled on a farm south of Creston and Phyllis worked as an active mother and farmwife and rural mail carrier until her retirement in 1998. Phyllis was an active member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), RCA (Retarded Citizen's Association) the NFO (National Farmers Organization) and CCI (Citizen for Community Improvement).

Phyllis enjoyed traveling in her retirement. She loved to read, crochet and quilt. She also loved to have family gatherings for biscuits and gravy, homemade ice cream, pies and monster cookies.

Phyllis is survived by her husband Morris Smith of Creston; two daughters, Kathie Thomas of Jefferson City, Mo.; Lora (husband Robert) Garmire of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a son Matthew (wife Linda) Smith of Creston; daughter-in-law, Dellene Smith-Maxwell of Creston; 8 grandchildren: Whitney Smith, Kylie Clayton, Lucas Smith, Rachael Thomas, Ronda Thomas, Zachary Bunz, Jeremy Bunz and Eric Patterson; 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, and son Andrew Smith, her sister-in-law Martha Smith and two brothers-in-law Ralph Smith and Robert Smith.

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Creston, IA 50801
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