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Phyllis J Briley of Des Moines

Posted March 03, 2016 in Obituaries
Phyllis was born to Georgia and Ivan Kost in southern Iowa on March 15, 1935. She passed away on March 1 due to cancer.

Phyllis J Briley

Phyllis J Briley

Funeral services will be 1:30 pm Saturday, March, 5, 2016 at First Unitarian Church located at 1800 Bell Ave in Des Moines. Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Friday, March 4, 2016 at Dunn’s Funeral Home on Grand Ave.

After graduating from Cambria High School, she came to Des Moines and worked for Columbia Pictures. She was one of the few women to own a successful key club during prohibition days. She attended Drake University and AIB and became the Placement Director for United Electronics Institute in West Des Moines. It was during this time she met and married the love of her life, Dale Briley, a veterinarian on Des Moines’ south side.

Their shared love of the outdoors and animals prompted their move to rural Dallas County with their blended family. Phyllis started a horse boarding business and antique shop. Later they would evolve the “Old Bob Feller House” into a bed and breakfast. Walden Acres was their haven.

When Dale preceded her in death, she became a worldwide traveler, although she was most happy caring for and being with her grandchildren. She met and made good friends through occasional work at Pin Oak Gallery and her many clubs, organization, and activities.

Phyllis is survived by her 3 daughters Jean (David) Davis, Rhonda (Scott) Wright, Karen (Steve) Schneider; 3 sons Jason (Lisa) Briley, Fred Mackin, Jordan (Vicky) Briley; fifteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and her sisters Marilyn Mosebach (niece Danielle and nephew Bob) and Ivalee Coffey (niece Sandy Piatt and nephew Jim Coffey).

Memorial contributions can be made to ARL (Animal Rescue League) or Ronald McDonald House.

Published in Des Moines Register from Mar. 3 to Mar. 5, 2016


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