Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 25th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Magrey deVega will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee prior to the services on Saturday morning. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Visitation will be on Friday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com
Phyllis was born April 14, 1923 on the family farm in Pitcher Township, Cherokee, County, Iowa to Walter W. & Jessie (Peters) Simmons. She attended Country School, Pilot District #6 through the eighth grade, her older sister Lois (Simmons) Becker was actually her teacher at one time and then graduated from Cherokee Wilson High School in 1940. She had teacher's training during high school and took the "High School Normal Training Examination" in 1940 and had to wait until she was 18 to begin teaching. She taught in a one room school in Pilot Township until her marriage to Robert E. Torrey on June 7, 1944 in Cherokee, Iowa. Phyllis and Bob were blessed with two children Pam & Marty. She enjoyed going to all the events that Pam and Marty were in and continued this even after they graduated. She was very proud to be a "farm wife" and took pride in canning, gardening, and preparing her home for her family. Phyllis was a longtime member of the St. Paul's United Methodist church and was very active in church circle until her health failed. She was a Cherokee County Farm Bureau Reporter, belonged to the Cherokee County Red Cross, Neighborhood Friendship Club and several card clubs. She loved to cook and bake, making pies every day, still making homemade brownies that were to die for up until her death; along with potato salad on a regular basis. She took pride in country cooking and was even featured in Kitchen Klatter. She was very interested in politics, always looking for someone to interact with on that subject.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, Dale and Beryl Simmons, 1 sister Lois Becker.
She is survived by her husband Robert; one daughter and one son: Pamela (Lee) Nordine of Centennial, Colorado; Martin (Suzanne) Torrey of Cherokee, Iowa; 6 grandchildren and four great grandchildren: Karlee (Shane) Ellis and their children Tanner & Ryley; Andrew (Jodie) Nordine; Ashley (Chris) Echols; John (Rachel) Torrey and their daughter Scarlet; Ann Torrey and her daughter Sarina; Phillip Torrey.