DES MOINES – Phyllis Bruntlett, 87, died peacefully as she had lived, on January 24, 2014 with family at her side. Phyllis Jean was born on March 14, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Herbert and Dorothy Feddersen. She graduated from high school in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Phyllis was accepted into and was a member of the last graduating class of the Army Nurse Corps of Mercy Hospital in Fort Dodge. She married Don Bruntlett of Gowrie, Iowa in June, 1956.
Being a nurse, especially a Mercy nurse, was Phyllis’ proudest accomplishment. She first practiced nursing in Fort Dodge at Lutheran Hospital. When she and a girlfriend decided to “discover America”, they ended up in California where Phyllis worked for 2 years at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Hollywood. After returning to Iowa and getting married, she worked for Dr. Dorsey’s office and several nursing homes in the Gowrie/Fort Dodge area. The family moved to California temporarily, where Phyllis did a brief stint at the Ross General Hospital. Upon returning to Iowa and to Des Moines, she practiced nursing at The Iowa Jewish Home for the Aged. When Don and Phyllis bought their dream home on Lake Panorama, Phyllis became a volunteer member of the Panora (Iowa) ambulance crew, a position she treasured immensely, making many dear friends.
Phyllis looked forward to following her path to heaven and to joining her loved ones who preceded her in death: Her parents, Herbert and Dorothy Feddersen of Fort Dodge; Her parents-in law, EJ and Ethel Bruntlett of Gowrie; many dear friends, and several beloved pets who surely welcomed her with tails wagging and warm, sweet kisses.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Don Bruntlett of Des Moines; Son Chip (Angie Myers) of Knoxville; and daughter Benet of Vancouver, Washington. She is also survived by her special friend, Harriet, and her “adopted family” of residents and loving staff in the Rowan Branch of Scottish Rite Park.
Memorials in Phyllis’ name can be made to St. Jude’s Hospice of Des Moines or to The Miller Fund at Scottish Rite Park in Des Moines.
As per Phyllis’ wishes, she was cremated. A brief memorial will take place on Friday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m. at Scottish Rite Park, 2909 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines. Burial of her remains will take place at a later date in Gowrie, Iowa.