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Phyllis Marie Hawkins, daughter of Donald Lewis and Dorothy Evelyn (Channin) Collins, was born at home in Lucas County, IA on August 2, 1932. Phyllis grew up on farms around Russell, IA attending country schools and graduating from Russel High School in 1950.
Phyllis trusted Jesus Christ as her personal savior as a teen and was a faithful wife, mother and servant of her Lord. Throughout her life she seldom missed a morning beginning her day reading the Scriptures and praying. Phyllis attended the Omaha Baptist Bible Institute and graduated in 1954. She also took several correspondence courses from Moody Bible Institute.
Phyllis married Charles Hawkins on February 12, 1954 at the First Baptist Church of Russell, IA and they were blessed with nearly 64 years together.
Phyllis served alongside of Charles ministering as pastor and wife in Monroe, IA, Washington, IA, Algona, IA, camp ministry in Indiana, returning to Church ministry in Webster City, IA and finally Mount Ayr, IA. She often served as the church secretary and pianist and was actively involved in music ministry, teaching, AWANA Clubs, VBS and the numerous unseen ministries of a pastor’s wife as well as serving in various capacities for many years at weeks of camp at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp. Phyllis also worked at Clearview Home in the kitchen for a few years. After the couple retired from full time local church ministry they remained faithful in their local church and Phyllis became active in the American Legion Auxiliary Post #172 and Mount Ayr Lions Club serving as their secretary for eight years.
Phyllis and Charles became residents of Clearview Home in Mount Ayr in early 2016 where Charles passed away on February 9, 2018. It is with deepest gratitude that the family recognizes the dedicated and compassionate care that both Phyllis and Charles received while residing there. We are especially grateful for the loving care that mom continued to receive during this time of Covid and during her final weeks as the staff took on the role of family when we could not be there. We will forever be grateful for your many kindness.
Phyllis went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 23, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles, on February 9, 2018; brother, Kenneth Collins; and son-in-law, Bob DeBoom.
Those left to cherish his memory include her three children Barbara (Phil) Hamburger of Gettysburg, SD, Cecilia (Jerry) Kempf of Crawfordsville, IN and Gordon (Stephanie) Hawkins of Fairfield, IA; seven grandchildren, Curtis (Rachel) Hamburger, Melody (Grant) Lunning, Rachael (Josh) Worthington, Courtney Kempf, Charles (Keeley) Hamburger, Joshua Hawkins and Connor Hawkins; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Donna (Jim) Byers, of Ankeny, IA; aunt, Hazel Clanin; nephew, Jason (Tricia) Byers of Des Moines, numerous cousins, other relatives and friends. Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements.
Services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at the Regular Baptist Church in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Rev. Seth Denney.
Musician was Vera Stalcup.
Congregational hymns were “When We All Get to Heaven”, “Blessed Assurance”, “It Will Be Worth It All” and “What A Day That Will Be”.
Casketbearers were Curtis Hamburger, Melody Lunning, Rachael Worthington, Courtney Kempf, Charles Hamburger, Joshua Hawkins and Connor Hawkins.
Burial was in the Russell Cemetery in Russell, IA.
Memorials are to the Regular Baptist Church, Clearview Home and the Mount Ayr Lions Club.

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