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Phyllis Riggs passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Mt. Ayr Health Care Center in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. Phyllis Naomi Perkins was born on December 1, 1931 to Claude and Edith (McNab) Perkins in Claremont, South Dakota. She was welcomed by older brother David and later joined by brothers Dalt and Gus and one sister, Alice. Phyllis graduated from Claremont High School and worked in a bank for a short time after high school.
In 1950, Phyllis married Charles Swanson and moved to Ringgold County, Iowa in 1951. Phyllis and Charles were blessed with 3 children, Thomas Carl, Michael Dean and Sue Ann. Phyllis and Charles divorced in 1979. In 1986 Phyllis married Carl Riggs and moved to Tingley, Iowa. Carl passed away in 1996.
Phyllis was a wonderful wife and mother and loved her family very much. She worked at various jobs such as waitressing at Ruth’s Café, painting and wallpapering for people and running a business of rental houses. She was a very active member of the community and after moving to Tingley became very involved with the Tingley Lions Club. She volunteered with the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days campaign. She was a regular church goer and also volunteered at Mt. Ayr Health Care Center for over 20 years. When Phyllis decided she wanted to move to the nursing home she happily chose to go there as a resident and enjoyed her time there.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, her parents, her brother David and an infant brother.
Left to mourn Phyllis are her children, Tom Swanson and wife Patty of Sardinia, Ohio, Mike and wife Martha of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Sue Tillman and husband Dennis of Red Oak, Iowa. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kris Swanson, Cassie Swanson and Elizabeth Barnett of Ohio, David Swanson of Arkansas, Bethany Swanson of Colorado, Brenna Tillman of Shanghai, China and Brett Tillman of Red Oak, IA. Phyllis also has 6 great grandchildren, Charleigh Swanson, Abby Swanson, Kailee Haas, Landon and Keegan Eyre, and Addy Swanson. She has 2 brothers remaining, Andrew Dalton and Mark (Gus) Perkins, one sister, Alice Eckhoff, and one sister-in-law Isabel Perkins, as well as many nieces and nephews that were very important to her.
Memorials should be directed to EveryStep Hospice or Mt. Ayr Health Care Center, both of Mt. Ayr, Iowa.
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