Phyllis Stone Obituary

Phyllis Kathleen Stone
Phyllis Kathleen Stone
Phyllis Kathleen Stone

October 13, 1927 - February 18, 2015
Born in Creston, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Phyllis Kathleen Stone, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Calvin Community. The funeral will be held 10 a.m. Friday, February 27, 2015 at Iles-Westover Chapel. Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery, 4909 University Avenue.

Born in Creston, Iowa in 1927, Phyllis was the daughter of the late Esther and Leland Campbell. She grew up in Lenox, Iowa where she graduated from Lenox High School. She was involved in a lot of activities and especially enjoyed girls basketball. After graduation, she moved to Des Moines where she attended Iowa Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, receiving her RN degree in 1948. During nurses training she met Arnold Stone and they were happily married for nearly 62 years, until his death in 2011.

Phyllis and Arnold joined Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1952 and were active members together for over 60 years. During those years, she worked in the nursery and taught both Sunday School and Bible School.

Phyllis started her career as a nurse at Veterans Hospital in Des Moines. Later she left nursing to start a family and raise three children, Suzanne, Steve and John. While raising her three children, she babysat and was very active in all of her children's school, church, Camp Fire Girls, baseball, and band activities. Later she returned to nursing at Calvin Community, where she worked for 24 years until she retired. As a retired couple, Phyllis and Arnold moved into Calvin Communities for the remainder of their lives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Leland Campbell, her husband, Arnold Stone, her sister, Connie Bissell and her sister-in-law, Rosemary Campbell. Survivors include her children Suzanne Stone (Donald) Lamb of Austin, Texas, Steve Allen (Michelle) Stone of Des Moines, and John Joseph (Laurie Navin) Stone of Polk City, grandchildren Scott Lamb of Austin, Texas, Kristin Lamb (John) Wolters of Houston, Texas, James Stone of Des Moines, Iowa, Stephanie Stone of Des Moines, Iowa, Andrew (Ali) Stone of Denver, Colorado, Audrey Stone of Des Moines, Iowa, and Evan Stone of Chicago, Illinois, her brother, Larry Campbell of Cainsville, Missouri, and her brother-in-law, Richard Bissell, of Ankeny, Iowa.

One of Phyllis' greatest loves in life was her grandchildren, whom she babysat regularly and enjoyed attending their school activities, especially their sporting events. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and was so proud of her children and her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, February 26, at Iles-Westover Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be given to Calvin Community Good Samaritan Fund. Online condolences will be welcomed at

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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, February 26, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Westover Funeral Home
Friday, February 27, 2015
10:00 AM
Masonic Cemetery
1550 48th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
Friday, February 27, 2015


Good Samaritan Fund at Calvin Community
4210 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50310