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Obituaries

Phyllis J. Atwood

Phyllis J. Atwood, 76, of Newton died on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Skiff Medical Center. 

A visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. A short service will be held at the beginning of the visitation. Memorials in Phyllis’ name may be left at the funeral home.  

Phyllis, the daughter of Alfred and Alice (Hopkins) Harter, was born on Feb. 27, 1937, in Des Moines, Iowa. As a child, her family moved to Newton, Iowa. Phyllis was united in marriage with Richard Atwood on Feb. 27, 1957, at the First United Methodist Church in Newton. She was a homemaker and for a few years had worked as a telephone operator and in retail at Bang’s Apparel in Newton. Phyllis was a member of the Women of the Moose. Phyllis enjoyed golfing, going on walks, and traveling with her husband during the years he was with Moose International. She also loved being with her family.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Richard of Newton; her children, Cindy (John) Cupples of Newton and Richard W. Atwood of Newton; eight grandchildren, Bob, Mike, Scott, Jennifer, Danny, Christy, Andy and Amy; her 14 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Sondra Harter of Lakeview, Ariz.; and brother-in-law, Steve (Sharon) Atwood of Baxter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Danny Atwood; a son, David Charles Atwood, in infancy; and a brother, Jack Harter.

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