Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Ethan D. Sayler officiated. Burial was held in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. There was a family prayer service at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday. Visitation was from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Phylis was born July 15, 1923 in Cherokee County on a farm north of Aurelia. The family lived on the farm where Phylis was born, north of Aurelia, until she was nine years old. Then the family lived in Mount Olive, south of Cherokee, where Phylis attended a one-room school and graduated in 1940. Phylis lived in Aurelia and worked in a grocery store as a young adult where she met Melvin Converse. They moved to South Prairie, Washington, at the start of World War II, where Phylis and Melvin were married. Melvin worked in the shipyards during the war. They lived in South Prairie until the end of the war and then returned to Cherokee. Melvin worked for Christensen Brothers Construction and Phylis did bookkeeping.
In 1955 Phylis and Melvin moved to Boone where they owned and operated a motel and mobile home park. In 1967 they spent a short time in Mount Pleasant and then moved to Jefferson. After her husband Melvin passed away, Phylis moved to Cherokee. She also lived in Storm Lake, Webster City, and Fort Dodge before going into the Eastern Star Assisted Living in Boone.
Phylis was a resident of the Eastern Star Home in Boone the last seven years. Phylis loved and enjoyed her family and friends and will be sorely missed.
Phylis was preceded in death by her parents Leroy and Ida Goettsch, long time Cherokee residents. She was also preceded in death by her husband Melvin Converse (1969) and her son Jerry Converse (1967).
Phylis is survived by a son Allan and his wife Leslie of Gilbert, Ariz.; daughter Mary and son-in-law Dave Pepper of rural Boone; a daughter Martha and son-in-law Terry Dessinger of Fort Dodge. She is also survived by six grandchildren; Lisa Nestle, Parkville, Md., Sheila Fields, New River, Ariz., Matthew Converse, Phoenix, Ariz., Tom Pepper, Boone, Jim Pepper, Boone, and Shanna Dessinger, Des Moines. In addition she had eight great-grandchildren; Jay Allan Nestle, Danielle Nestle, Justin Fields, Jacob Fields, James Fields, Jesse Fields, Jonathan Fields, and Karly Converse. Phylis is survived by one sister Jane Kline of Spokane, Wash. and nephews Randy Kline of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Greg Kline of Spokane, Wash. She is also survived by many cousins and other relatives and friends.