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Phyllis Ilene Benner

December 21, 1937 November 27, 2019
Phyllis Ilene Benner
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Phyllis Ilene Benner, 81 of Keokuk, IA died Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Keokuk.

She was born December 21, 1937 at her grandmother’s house in rural Keokuk, IA, the daughter of Jesse and Goldie Elston Hagmeier. On December 8, 1956 she was united in marriage to Ed Benner in Montrose, IA. They spent two years of their marriage in California while Ed was stationed there. He survives.

Other survivors include one son, who is the light and love of her life, Chuck (Norma) Benner of Kahoka, MO, one sister, Karen (Jim) Moore of Downing, MO, one brother, Ronnie (Kathy) Hagmeier of Montrose, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Freddie Hagmeier in infancy, Dale Hagmeier, Wayne Hagmeier and Roy Hagmeier.

Phyllis graduated from Montrose High School in Montrose with the Class of 1956.

She had been employed as a Kindergarten teacher by Keokuk Christian Academy for twenty-three years. It was a very rewarding job for her, as there were so many special memories.

She was a faithful member of New Testament Christian Church in Keokuk and taught Kindergarten and little kids Sunday school classes for many years. She was also a member of the Keokuk Garden Club and had served as a past president, Montrose Girls Club, Boys and Girls Horse Club and a 4-H leader.

Phyllis was very artistic and enjoyed glass etching and painting pictures of barns and mailboxes. She was a wonderful cook and baked amazing wedding cakes. She loved to garden and would work for hours on end in her vegetable garden and in her flower beds. Phyllis always grew beautiful flowers and loved to arrange them and show the arrangements at the Lee County Fair. Phyllis kept a very positive attitude all through her struggle with multiple myloma for the past seven years, all while loving the Lord, Jesus Christ. Luke 6:38 says “Give and it will be given to you”.

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. on November 30 at the New Testament Christian Church in Keokuk with Pastor Gordy Blankenship and Pastor Derek Olsen officiating.

Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on November 29 at the church with family meeting with friends at that time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may made to Keokuk Christian Academy.


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Keokuk Chrisitan Academy

1578 Hilton Road
Keokuk, IA 52632
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