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Phyllis Jacobson, 88, of Greenfield

March 26, 1933 — January 27, 2022

Phyllis Jacobson, 88, of Greenfield

Funeral Services:  Will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Greenfield with burial in the Fontanelle Cemetery.  A luncheon will be held at the church following the burial.  Pastors Samuel Ansong and Melinda Stonebraker will officiate the service. 

Open Visitation:  Will be held on Monday, January 31, 2022, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Family Visitation:  The family will greet friends on Monday, January 31, 2022, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Memorials:  Memorials may be directed to the Phyllis Jacobson memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date.

Phyllis Jean Campen Jacobson was born on March 26, 1933, the only child of Eimo and Elsie (Wyllie) Campen in Adair County, Iowa.  She passed away on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at her home in Greenfield, Iowa, at the age of 88.

Phyllis attended country school at Washington #8 and #9 through eighth grade.  She graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1951.  After graduation she enrolled at Commercial Extension Business School in Omaha and was employed at C.A. Swanson and Sons.

In 1954, after Max returned from military duty, Max and Phyllis were married, September 26, 1954, at the Christian Church in Bridgewater. They made their home north of Fontanelle, renting farmland from Ed and Estella Zimmerline.  To this union 5 children were born, Stanley Dean, Sherri Jean, Mark David, Roger Lynn and Randall Lee.

In 1971 Max and Phyllis purchased the Harold Knorr farm south of Fontanelle and continued to farm until retirement.  Max and Phyllis moved to their retirement home purchased in Greenfield in 1995, renting the farm to neighbor Marlin Marckmann.

Phyllis was a devoted farmwife, helping with whatever was asked of her on the farm and raising the kids.  After the kids were grown, Phyllis worked at the Fontanelle Public Library for close to 20 years starting in 1993 and working with Librarians, who also became very special friends, Linda Jensen and Kaye Marckmann.

Phyllis was a member of the Highland United Methodist Church, later transferring her membership to the Fontanelle United Methodist Church.  She was an active member of the Fontanelle United Methodist Women, always ready to help with Church dinners, funeral lunches, Bible School refreshments, and Sunday morning coffee & cookies.

Phyllis was an active member of the Fontanelle American Legion Auxiliary for over 63 years.  She helped with many projects including 4th of July floats, Memorial Day activities, informational school programs and sold many poppies.

Phyllis loved to visit with her neighbors, friends and family.  She was always sending cards and writing letters, including her annual Christmas cards. She was also a bird lover, making sure her bird feeders were always full.

She was the best Mom, Grandmother, Great-grandmother and Great-great Grandmother, always ready with a special cookie or a delicious meal.  She loved attending and hearing about her grandchildren’s ballgames, concerts, and other activities.  She also enjoyed watching Cyclone and Hawkeye ballgames.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Max Jacobson, son’s Stanley Jacobson and Roger Jacobson.  Grandson Corey Menefee.  Brother-in-law Leo Jacobson and sister’s-in-law Mildred Jacobson and Marilyn Jacobson.

Phyllis is survived by – Daughter Sherri Menefee of Greenfield. Son’s Mark (Rhonda) Jacobson of St. Charles and Randall (Sherri) Jacobson of Northfield MN. Grandchildren, Mindy (Adam) Comstock, Melissa (Jason) Menefee, Mallory (Chase) Wheatley, Dan (Tammy) Jacobson, Amanda (Andrew) Grutzmacher, Katie (Derek) Jacobson, Tyler (Melliny) Newby, Carissa Jacobson, Kaitlyn Jacobson and Koby Jacobson.  Brother-in-law Ramon Jacobson. 21 Great Grandchildren; 3 Great-Great Grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am

Greenfield United Methodist Church

108 S.W. 5th Street, Greenfield, IA 50849

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