She was born February 6, 1942 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Jule and Leona (Jackson) LaFave. Phyllis married William "Bill" Dowlen III on January 7, 1961 in St. Joseph, Missouri and he preceded her in death.
She enjoyed puzzles, playing pitch, was a good cook, and loved her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.
Survivors include sons, Bill (Kim) Dowlen, St. Joseph, Missouri, Brian (Janice) Dowlen, Platte City, Missouri; daughter, Morgan (Brian) Hobbs; brothers, Jerry and Jimmie LaFave; sister, Allean Major all of St. Joseph, Missouri; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Phyllis was also preceded in death by her parents, two daughters, Lisa and April, three sisters, and seven brothers.
Celebration of Life: 10:00 AM Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Gladden - Stamey Funeral Home, St. Joseph, Missouri. Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph, Missouri. Public visitation and family receiving hours 6 to 8 PM Monday. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.
Gladden - Stamey Funeral Home 816-232-2722