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Phyllis Johnston


Phyllis Jean Johnston, 84, of Anamosa, went home to her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following a brief illness.
Memorials services will be noon Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa, with the Rev. Sue Schneiter-Adams officiating. Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery, Anamosa. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. to the time of service.
Phyllis Jean Jerome was born Jan. 19, 1934, in rural Coggon, Iowa, the daughter of Harvey and Bessie (Brady) Jerome. She attended school in Central City.
She was a very giving person, wonderful homemaker and also worked as a home health aide for the elderly from 1986 to her retirement in 2002.
Phyllis was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Anamosa. She enjoyed working with the elderly, loved gardening and flowers, taking pictures and spending time with her family. She was an avid reader and loved her cats and dogs. She had a great memory, always remembering to send out greeting cards for the many birthdays and holidays.
She is survived by her children, Harvey (Dianna) De Sotel, Anamosa, Charles King, Howard (Eileen) Johnston, Anamosa, and William (Lori) Johnston, Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Robert, Josh, Patrick, Dennis, Brandy, James, Crystal, Jennifer, Jason, Tonya, Charlie, Zachary, Kelly, Holly, Kristin, Emily, Joanie, Cody, Tyler and Logan; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a sister Marcella (Richard) Fleming, Olin; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard Johnston in 1985; a son, Frank De Sotel; a daughter, Kathy Lucas; a granddaughter, Terry De Sotel; brothers, Robert and Don: and a sister, Lois Wulfekuhle.
Memorials in her name may be directed to Camp