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Phyllis Elvick Faulkner died on November 5th , 2019. She is survived by her three children – Sandra Kovac, John (W. Judi) Faulkner, and Jacquelyn (H. Mark) Komplin – Cole Kovac, who was like a son, five other grandchildren – Sarah (H. Chris) and Laura (H. Karson) Faulkner, Collin and Erin Komplin and Chad (W. Toni) Kovac, and five great-grandchildren. Phyllis outlived her first husband John Faulkner, second husband Phillip Guckes, and her brother Eugene Elvick.
She was born August 31, 1927 in Battlecreek, Iowa to Magnus and Florence Elvick. Phyllis began school in South Dakota and moved to Iowa in 1936. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1944.
Phyllis was perhaps best known for being a fearless traveler with insatiable curiosity about the world and her fellow humans in it. Of all the countries she toured, her favorite is Turkey. Phyllis also has so many incredible friends who were dear to her. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone, and she definitely knew how to throw a party.
Phyllis was a talented lady and with a prolific career. She worked in wholesale distribution, was an editor for a farm production magazine, and enjoyed being an elementary school substitute teacher. She later became a real estate agent in Pennsylvania, and, in 1984, she moved to Ankeny, Iowa, where she continued in real estate until 1995.
She had a creative bent with decorating and design and baking. She is a former member of Immanuel United Methodist Church, a member of the Red Hat Society, and most recently belonged to Ankeny Christian Church.
It's the end of an era and Phyllis will be greatly missed by those she left behind. Her legacy will live on as we take a page out of her book and remember to be unabashedly ourselves, love our families and live a passionate and robust life. Her children remember her favorite quote as "Just count to 10 and it will get better."
In lieu of flowers please send donations in Phyllis Faulkner's name to Guide Dogs of the Desert in Palm Springs, California.
A memorial service will take place November 9th at 11:00 at Ankeny Christian Church.