Phyllis Fulwider, 90, mother of Preston woman


Phyllis Fulwider

Phyllis Marie (Bartels) Fulwider, 90, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, after a lengthy illness.

She was born on Dec. 31, 1927, in Delaware, Iowa, the daughter of William and Mary Bartels.

She grew up in Hopkinton, Iowa, and attended Hopkinton schools.

She married Forest L. Fulwider on June 15, 1944, in Hopkinsville, Ken. She lived most of her life in Anamosa, Iowa. She moved to Greenleafton in 2003, after retiring from her job driving children with special needs to schools in and around Anamosa.

She is survived by one sister, Delores Mohr of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one brother, Dean Bartels of Freeport, Ill.; five sons, Thomas of Vanleer, Tenn., Dennis of LeRoy, Jeffrey of Rock Island, Ill., Mark of Woodway, Texas and Gary of Reeds Springs, Mo.; four daughters, Deanna Common of Rockford, Ill., Charlotte Goodall of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Marsha Henry of Waco, Texas, and Karen Schmidt of Preston; 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Forest L. Fulwider; two sisters, Inez Tucker and Leona Leytem; one brother, Maynard Bartels and one grandchild, Jaime Henry.

It was her wish to be cremated, and the family will have a graveside ceremony in the spring in Anamosa, Iowa, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.