Phyllis Marie Behrens

May 10, 1937 - December 29, 2017

Phyllis Marie Behrens, 80, of Tipton, left this earthly life and began her eternal life, surrounded by her children on Friday, December 29, 2017, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City.


Family will receive friends at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, on Tuesday, January 2, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. (the family requests casual attire).Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 3 at First United Methodist Church, Tipton, at 10:30 a.m. with one hour of visitation prior. Interment will be held at Tipton Masonic Cemetery. A general memorial fund in Phyllis's honor has been established. Online condolences may be shared at


Phyllis was born on May 10, 1937, in Muscatine County, to James and Anna (VanZandt) Garvin, the youngest of 10 children. She graduated from Muscatine High School in 1955. On August 5, 1955 Phyllis was united in marriage to Gilbert Behrens in Muscatine, Iowa. They were blessed with four children: Wayne, Barbara, Nikki and Sandy.


Phyllis was a dedicated farm wife and worked alongside Gilbert. She was also a homemaker, and enjoyed baking and cooking for her family and friends. Often times, she would have a meal, a sweet treat and coffee for all who would come by for a visit. She also enjoyed playing cards and watching Hawkeye sports; listening to country music and watching RFDTV; playing the accordion in the Dale Thomas Band and attending all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's sporting events. Her great-grandchildren had a special place in her heart and always brought a smile to her face. She was a member of the Tipton United Methodist Church.


Surviving Phyllis are her daughters, Barbara (Dave) Snodgrass of Mt. Pleasant and Sandy Ohrt of Tipton; son, Wayne (Nanette) Behrens of Atalissa; sister, Shirley (Don) Campbell of Solon; seven grandchildren: Brad, Jennifer, Brent, Kelli, Nathan, Heidi and Nicholas; seven great-grandchildren: Jacob, Jack, Carson, Justin, Brooke, William and Addison. She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter (Nikki), granddaughter (Jodi), son-in-law (Gary Ohrt), parents, brothers Edwin, Merle, Raymond, Glen and Ivan, sisters Lillian, Anna and Patty.

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