OBITUARY ~ PHYLLIS ARLENE (BRYANT) DUKES
September 25, 1919 ~ July 21, 2012
Phyllis Arlene DUKES was born September 25, 1919 at Grand River, Iowa. She was the daughter of George and Zettie (McDOWELL)
BRYANT. Phyllis graduated from Daughton country school near Grand River in 1932. She received her GED diploma in 1977.
Phyllis married Merle DUKES of Ellston, Iowa on November 7, 1936. Farming in Ringgold County was their livelihood. They
moved west of Tingley in 1944 and farmed until Merle died in 1977. Phyllis moved to Mount Ayr in 1979.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed visiting with her grandkids and watching her great grandchildren. She loved to bowl and
she loved to cook; especially during the holidays when the family would get together. The church would ask her to bake
her famous custard pie for a fund raising program. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, U.M.W. and birthday
Phyllis passed away July 21, 2012 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center.
Survivors include her children, Donald (Barbara) DUKES of Bronson, Iowa and Reta (Jack) SICKELS of Creston, Iowa; seven
grandchildren, Jon (Sara) DUKES of Bronson, IA, Jena DUKES (Rick) HUIZINGA of St. James, MO, Jane DUKES (Lou) ENCINIAS of
Greeley, CO, Rick SICKELS of Cape Coral, FL, Tim (Jymi) SICKELS of North Pole, Alaska, Mindy SICKELS (Ronnie) SKARDA of
Afton, IA, Lisa SICKELS (Jason) HAGLE of Creston, IA; great-grandchildren Nicole and Ryan DUKES of Bronson, IA, Larissa
ENCINIAS of Greeley, CO, Tarah SICKELS (Shawn) COLBURN of North Pole, Alaska, Tyson SICKELS of North Pole, Alaska, Jordyn
SICKELS of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Madison SKARDA of Afton, IA, Allivea SKARDA of Afton, IA, Gage SKARDA of Afton, IA,
Hannah HAGLE of Creston, IA, Chloe HAGLE of Creston, IA, Gracie HAGLE of Creston, IA and Sophia HAGLE of Creston, IA;
sister-in-law Pearl ROSTER BRYANT of Banning, California; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Glen, Clarence, John, Harold, Ray and Dwane BRYANT; and sisters, Esther,
Rose, Cora, and Opal.
The memorial fund has been established to HCI Care Services in Mount Ayr and Mount Ayr United Methodist Church.
Open visitation was held on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of
Mount Ayr, with the family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday,
July 26 at the United Methodist Church of Mount Ayr, with Rev. Skip RUSHING officiating. Musicians included Nancy
SACKETT, Donald DUKES, Mary DAVENPORT and Margaret BICKERS.
Casketbearers were Rick SICKELS, Jason MAGIC,
Ronnie SKARDA, Jon DUKES, Jim FEEBACK and Lowell HICKMAN. Burial was made at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2012
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