Phyllis Kirkland

June 7th, 1916 - November 27th, 2018


Phyllis Fern (Thompson) Kirkland, 102, died Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa. Phyllis lived most of her life around Macksburg, Iowa. She moved to Davenport six years prior to her death to be near her daughter.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 15, at Ochiltree Funeral Service in Winterset with a memorial service immediately following at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at a later date in the Moon Cemetery, near Macksburg. Memorials may be directed to the Macksburg Methodist Church or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Bettendorf. Online condolences may be left for the family at
A second memorial service will be held in January at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bettendorf. Times and dates will be scheduled and communicated later.
Phyllis Fern Thompson was born in Macksburg on June 7, 1916, to J. C. and Mary Alice (Catterlin) Thompson. She grew up in Macksburg and graduated from Macksburg High School. She received an Associate Degree from Creston Junior College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Drake University. She married Cleve (Curly) Wilmer Kirkland May 2, 1942, in Warsaw, Missouri. Curly preceded her in death on April 26, 1981.
From the time she was very small, Phyllis wanted to be a teacher, playing school with her kittens. She taught for 30 years in a field that she loved. She began her teaching career at a country school and spent most of her career with the Orient-Macksburg Community School District.
Phyllis was an active member of the United Methodist Churches in Macksburg and Winterset.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Kirkland; son-in-law, Leonard Dose; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, extended family, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and siblings: Sam Thompson, John Thompson, and Evelyn Harden.

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Name Phyllis Kirkland
Date of Birth June 7th, 1916
Date of Death November 27th, 2018
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Ochiltree Funeral Service
Location 1823 North John Wayne Drive
Winterset IA 50273
United States

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Karen Kirkland Oswald published condolence .

My deepest sympathies to the family. Aunt Phyllis was the sweetest lady and I have many fond memories of her from my childhood. I was very blessed to speak with her on the phone a few months ago and she was sharp as a tack and told me several stories. She told me that I always reminded her of my Grandma (Lucy) Kirkland. I can't think of a better compliment. It makes me smile to remember the conversation. I hope that all of your fond memories bring you peace and a smile.

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Patricia Kirkland published comment .

Thank you, Karen. She was thrilled that you called!

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Memorial Service

December 15th, 2018 at 11:00am
Ochiltree Funeral Service 1823 North John Wayne Drive
Winterset, IA
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