Phyllis M. Meis

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Phyllis Margaret Meis, 88, of Spirit Lake, and formerly of Le Mars, died peacefully, early Sunday morning, April 29, 2012, at the Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake.

Phyllis Borm was born March 28, 1924, in rural Remsen, the daughter of Hans and Caroline (Engelbrecht) Borm. Phyllis lost her mother to cancer while she was still in high school, and her work on the family farm with her father and sister, provided her a work ethic that was exemplified throughout her life. She graduated from Remsen High School in 1941.

On June 4, 1949, she was united in marriage to Mark J. Meis at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. The couple made their home in Le Mars, where Mark and his family operated Meis Seed and Feed Company. Their marriage was a living example of mutual love and devotion. Phyllis worked tirelessly as a full-time mother and housewife.

When Mark retired, the couple split their time between their homes in Okoboji, and Scottsdale, Ariz. The couple enjoyed traveling, as well as the winters spent in Arizona, but Iowa would always be "home." While living in Le Mars, Phyllis was a member of several women's organizations.

Survivors include the couple's five children: son Ned Meis, of Dallas, Texas, and daughters Nan Foss, of Minneapolis, Minn., Fran Meis of Rapid City, S.D., Marsha (Stan) Dickman, of Le Mars, and Melissa (Greg) Haugen, of Edina, Minn.; 11 grandchildren: Marc (Rachel) Meis of Evergreen, Colo., Mollie Richter of Phoenix, Ariz., Matt Foss, of Ft. Collins, Colo., Nick Foss, of Minneapolis, Minn., Geoff (Elisa) Brodie, of Chicago, Ill., Andrew Brodie, of Indianapolis, Ind., Alex Dickman, of Spearfish, S.D., Joe Dickman, of Buffalo, S.D., Anne Dickman, of Spearfish, S.D., Nils Haugen and Berit Haugen, of Edina, Minn. ; and four great-granddaughters, Cecilia and Estelle Richter and Madeline and Adelaide Meis.; brother and sisters-in-law: Alene (Meis) and Nick Scallon, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Mary Ann (Meis) and James Rawley, of Greenwood Village, Colo., and Dave and Mary Meis, of Le Mars, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Mark; sister Dolores and her husband, Murle Klohs; brother-in-law, Larry Meis and his wife, Dorothy, and brother-in-law, Richard Meis.

A private service for the family is planned for a later date.

The family respectfully requests no flowers and that memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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