Phyllis Goddard

Written by Theresa Rose on July 20, 2015

Phyllis Goddard, 96, of Mt. Pleasant, IA, died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Arbor Court in Mt. Pleasant.

The family will receive friends between 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel. A memorial service will follow beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Brad Gillis officiating. A private family burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery following the service. A memorial has been established to The Fellowship Cup for the back to school and children’s programs. On-line condolences may be directed to

Born July 6, 1919 in Taos, New Mexico, Phyllis Lucille was the daughter of Robert and Mary (Casio) Gentile. She graduated from Burbank High School in Burbank, CA. On September 6, 1941, she married Derrell “Sarge” Goddard. He preceded her in death in August 1981.

Phyllis was a devoted wife and homemaker. For many years, she was a cook at Headstart. A terrific cook, Phyllis was known for her hat and doll cakes. Doll collecting was a favorite hobby. She was extremely hard working, and she would always think of others by doing anything for anyone. She dearly loved her family and enjoyed family gatherings. She especially enjoyed celebrating birthdays and Christmas.

Survivors include a son, Danny (Cookie) Goddard of Phoenix, AZ; two daughters, Donna Cook and Sharon Gillis both of Mt. Pleasant, IA; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband; son-in-law, Ron Gillis; and a sister, Antoinette Torrez.