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Mitchell, Phyllis 1936-2018


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, voiunteer (email)
Date: 8/6/2021 at 10:47:37

Phyllis L. Mitchell, 82, of Le Mars, Iowa, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018 after an almost three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Parish – St. James Church in Le Mars.

Phyllis Lorayne Luken was born June 17, 1936 in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Amos and Marie (Kubal) Luken. Following high school graduation, Phyllis married Don Tanner and traveled with him through various parts of the country during his years in the United States Navy. They would have three children together: Teysa, Mark, and Tami.

However, those who knew her well know that her life actually began when that marriage ended. She went on to complete a secretarial course and got a job she loved and worked happily at for 30 years at the Area Education Agency.

The true icing on her cake was meeting and marrying her one true love, Dale Jacobson of Le Mars, Iowa. The two lived happily for only 15 years when she lost him to cancer.

Though heartbroken, my mother was a survivor and went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree from Westmar at age 54. She was very proud of that. She learned to swim at age 72 and it became one of her most beloved hobbies. Her bicycle was dear to her heart and she was riding up to ten miles a day at age 79 until she was diagnosed with the disease that finally took her.

Her marriage to Tom Mitchell brought her happiness in her retirement and she and Tom had 10 years together before she was again, sadly widowed. It was during these years that she was reunited with her daughter, Pat. This was a lifelong dream and brought Phyllis both the love and peace she sought for so many years.

Phyllis loved her garden, books and being outside. Her Iowa hard work ethic was intact until the end and resting was never an option for her until she had done something productive each day. She liked to learn and liked to meet new people. Phyllis truly loved life regardless of hardships or strife – She simply enjoyed being here.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, grandchildren, her brothers, and her many friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister; and her son.


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