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Service Details

Visitation:

Thursday, December 7, 2017
4:00 - 7:00 pm
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines

Service:

Friday, December 8, 2017
10:00 am
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines

Disposition:

Burial
Sunset Memorial Gardens
Des Moines

Arrangements:

Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
(515) 285-3911

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Phyllis Mason

Phyllis Arlene (Epps) Mason was born on November 21, 1923 to William Albert (Al) Alexander Epps & Bertha May (Huff) Epps in Carlisle, IA. She died on December 3, 2017.

She lived all her childhood in the Carlisle area, graduating from Carlisle High School in 1941. She married John Francis Mason, Jr., on October 4, 1943. Phyllis & her husband lived for 43 years on the same acreage at 1522 Briggs Street, Carlisle, IA, where Phyllis lived as a child.

Phyllis was an accomplished pianist & organist & taught piano, organ, & accordion lessons from 1956 until May 2017. She loved music & sharing that love with hundreds of students throughout the 61 years that she taught. She also was a church pianist & organist throughout her life. She played the piano or organ for many weddings & funerals & loved playing for family & friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John, her parents, her brothers, Frank, Merle, William Albert, Jr; her sisters, Faye, Tressa, & Georgiana; & her grandson, Matthew Mason. She is survived by her sister, Shirley (Karl) Burgett, her four children, Larry (Marilyn) Mason, Carol (Douglas) Watson, James (Linda) Mason & Beth (Nick) Adams, 9 grandchildren, Michael (Erin Lane) Watson, Kari (Justin) Ihle, Jennifer (David) Smith, Joanna Mason, Jaime Mason, Jillian (Mark) Hopkins, Jason (Julie) Mason, Alexander (Emily Ensor) Adams, & Dylan Adams, & 15 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street in Des Moines. She will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens following the service. Family will greet visitors from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the funeral home.

Phyllis’ family wishes to express a special thank you to the staff at Trinity Center at Luther Park and Unity Point Hospice for their continued care for their mother.

The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions can be made to Make-a-Wish Iowa, Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, or the Carlisle Alumni Association.

On-line condolences may be expressed at
www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com