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Phyllis Riggs passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Mount Ayr Health Care Center in Mount Ayr, IA. Phyllis Naomi Perkins was born on December 1, 1931 to Claude and Edith (McNab) Perkins in Claremont, SD. 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, IA in 1951. Phyllis and Charles were blessed with three children, Thomas Carl, Michael Dean and Sue Ann. Phyllis and Charles divorced in 1979. In 1986 Phyllis married Carl Riggs and moved to Tingley, IA. 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 Mount 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, OH, Mike and wife, Martha, of Council Bluffs, IA and Sue Tillman and husband, Dennis, of Red Oak, IA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kris Swanson, Cassie Swanson and Elizabeth Barnett of OH, David Swanson of AR, Bethany Swanson of CO, Brenna Tillman of Shanghai, China and Brett Tillman of Red Oak, IA. Phyllis also has six great grandchildren, Charleigh Swanson, Abby Swanson, Kailee Haas, Landon and Keegan Eyre and Addy Swanson. She has two 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.
Funeral services was held at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 with graveside services at a later date at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Bill Armstrong.
Songs “Until Then”, “We’ll Talk It Over” and “When The Role Is Called Up Yonder”.
Honorary casketbearers were Kris Swanson, Cassie Swanson, Elizabeth Swanson, David Swanson, Bethany Swanson, Brenna Tillman and Brett Tillman.
Memorials should be directed to EveryStep Hospice or Mount Ayr Health Care Center, both of Mount Ayr, IA.

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