Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at First Church of Christ in Cherokee. Pastor Tom Lewis will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the Church on Monday. Visitation will be on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. On line condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Marian was born on Sept. 1, 1921 to Roy and Ila (Post) Hulett in Storm Lake. As a young girl, she attended country school near Storm Lake, until her family moved to Larrabee, where she graduated from Larrabee High School in 1939. After graduation, she attended Wayne State College, and attained her two-year teaching degree in 1941. She taught in the southeastern Iowa town of Keota in a combined 1st and 2nd grade classroom.
Marian was married to Paul C. Phipps on May 28, 1943 in LeMars, and they spent their married life living and working together on the family farm north of Cherokee. Marian was a vital, working member of the family farm for over 50 years. She enjoyed taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, baking cookies, playing cards, and visiting with family and friends. She was a longtime active member of the First Church of Christ in Cherokee, where she taught Sunday School for many years. Marian also served as a volunteer at Roosevelt Elementary School for several years, helping out in the school hot lunch program. This was a job she really enjoyed, as she greeted and served each student with a smile as they filed through the lunch line.
In 2003, Marian moved to an assisted living apartment at Countryside Estates, where she resided until her death. Marian will long be remembered for her loving heart and her kind and generous spirit. She was never happier than when she was serving others. Her family is grateful for the strong Christian legacy of faith that she passed on to them. "Her children rise up and call her blessed." Proverbs 31:28.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Paul on Dec. 17, 1992; a son, Dennis, in 1967; a sister, Lola Mae Stanford Meeks, and a brother, Donald Hulett.
She is survived by one son, David Phipps and his wife Rebecca of Cherokee; two grandchildren, Andrew Phipps of Omaha and Susannah Matousek and her husband Marcus of Derby, Kan., as well as many faithful and loving friends.