In Memory of

Phyllis Kay Ames

April 9, 1942 - August 13, 2022
From: Cherokee, IA

Phyllis Kay Ames, the daughter of Melvin and Alice (Puhrmann) Schmidt, was born on April 9, 1942, in Le Mars, IA. On May 3, 1942, she was baptized at her grandparent’s home.  She was confirmed on May 27, 1956 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Her childhood years were spent in rural Meriden.  She graduated from Meriden High School in 1960.  She was the last graduating class from Meriden.

 Since the age of 13, Phyllis became known as one of the best cake decorators around. It was a love that she shared with many, teaching them to bake and decorate cakes. This passion lasted over 65 years.  The last cake she made was for her granddaughter's wedding.  Phyllis was 78 at the time.

On June 4, 1961, Phyllis was united in marriage to Gaylen Doyle Ames at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, IA.  Following their marriage, Phyllis helped Doyle drive school bus and occasionally truck. During this marriage two boys were born, Jeff and Todd.  During a feed delivery to Missouri with Doyle, Phyllis and the boys, a tragic truck accident took the life of Doyle, leaving Phyllis with a broken back, Jeff and Todd with serious injuries.  Phyllis and Jeff learned to walk again together 6 weeks after the accident.

Years later Phyllis was married and had her daughter Danae.

After her recovery Phyllis drove school bus full time where she made lifelong friendships with the children she transported. She became known as “The Lady Grinder” and “Ma Flis”.

Phyllis also sold healthcare products for Golden Pride Rawleigh.  She traveled to many farm shows and county fairs to sell her health products.  She made many friends during this time. 

Phyllis enjoyed gardening where she was known for her beautiful ditch of phlox every spring.  Neighbors would drive by every spring to see the beautiful sight.  She also grew many vegetables.  She loved sharing them with family and friends.  She also did a lot of canning with all of her vegetables with her daughter Danae.  She really enjoyed teaching Danae all about cooking using Grandma Alice's recipes.

Phyllis was a card club member playing cards with some ladies in the area.  And she also loved getting together with family and having a fun card game.

Most of all she loved attending her grandchildren’s activities.  She was very proud of her grand kids.  Nothing brought her more joy than spending time with her kids, family and friends. 

On Saturday, August 13, 2022, Phyllis passed away at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Alice Schmidt; her husband, Doyle Ames; and brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Donnia Schmidt.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Jeff (Kim) Ames of Marcus, IA, Todd (Kristi) Ames of Marcus, IA; and Danae (Bruce) Dreckman of Marcus, IA; grandchildren, Kylee (Jake) Preuss, Shana Ames (special friend Brennan Rolfes), Emily Dreckman (special friend Cooper DeJean), Brandon Dreckman, and Ryan Dreckman; great-grandchildren, Pyper and Derby Preuss; two nieces, Deb (Dave) Merten and Darcy (Brad) Wurth; and numerous cousins and friends.

Tribute Video
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 18, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Pastor Don Meyer
Public visitation with family present will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Marcus.
Liberty Township Cemetery
Rural Meriden, IA


Monday, August 22, 2022 at 10:25 AM
“So sorry to hear of Phyllis' passing. Our sincere sympathy to her family.”
- Wayne & Eileen Tanke
Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 8:19 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Phyllis’s death- prayers for her family. Melvin & Alice were very good friends of my parents. Phyllis made our wedding cake.
- Ladonna Johannsen Wittrock
Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 8:19 AM
“Sincere condolences. Friendly, kindhearted and ever loyal to the Ames family, Phyllis set an example. I am so sorry that distance prevents my attending her final services.”
- Barbara Powell
Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 8:19 AM
“It was so good to see my cousins! I wish it had been under better circumstances. I am so glad that Phyllis and I had time to spend together. Great memories! ”
- Jim Powell
Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 8:19 AM
“Visited with Jerry Scheppel today at The Farm show in Mitchell SD and he told of her passing. I visited many times with her at shows years ago, and it didn't take long to realize what a strong lady she was to survive so many heartaches. A YouTube song by Casting Crowns "Scars In Heaven" is so fitting for her. Her life was a gift to all who knew her, and now it is time for her reward. Wishing God's Grace to all during this time of separation. ”
- Calvin Ratzlaff
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 4:39 PM
“So sorry to hear about your Mom !! She was a great Lady !!”
- Marc and Julie mortenson
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 4:39 PM
“Sending our hugs and prayers ”
- Dawn and Steve
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 4:39 PM
“A life so well lived. We celebrate you for all you have given.”
- Patricia Ames
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 4:39 PM
“Phyllis was an inspiration to all of us. I always enjoyed visiting with her at family get togethers. Regretfully I am not able to attend her services but will keep her family in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Dorothy Powell
Monday, August 15, 2022 at 6:35 PM
“Rest in Peace Phyllis .... it's been a good run. ”
- John F Smeltzer
Monday, August 15, 2022 at 6:35 PM
“Sending prayers for you all. She was a sweet lady!! ”
- Lorna Leavitt
Monday, August 15, 2022 at 6:35 PM
“Prayers are with you and you're family”
- Julie Boever
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