Phyllis Irene (Kimber) Martin died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society in West Union. Funeral services are at 10:30 am Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Zion Lutheran Church in West Union, with Rev. Nancy Larson officiating. Burial follows in Burr Oak Cemetery, rural Decorah. A public visitation is 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12,  at Burnham-Wood Funeral Home in West Union. S.K. Rogers Funeral Home of West Union is in charge of the arrangements.

Phyllis Martin was born Aug. 15, 1931, at home in Orleans Township, Winneshiek County, to William Kimber and Sylvia “Nettie” (Falck) Kimber. She was named after her grandfathers, Philip Falck and Ira Kimber. Phyllis was baptized Nov. 1, 1931, at Burr Oak Lutheran Church. She was confirmed Nov. 25, 1945, at Decorah Lutheran Church. She graduated in 1949 from Decorah High School and attended Luther College. She worked as a bookkeeper for Holt Dairy in Decorah. Phyllis married Robert Martin Oct. 10, 1953,in a Lutheran church near Winona, Minn. Phyllis and Robert had four daughters: Bonnie, Pamela, Patricia and Kristi. Phyllis was an excellent homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and spending time with family. Her greatest joy was attending her grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s musical programs and sports events. She loved any time she could spend with family at birthday parties, reunions and other outings.

Those left to cherish her memory are her stepchildren: Linda (Duane) Mork, Donald (Rita) Martin, David (Linda) Martin, Reid (Sandy) Martin, Douglas (Linda) Martin, Mary (Wayne) Artman and her children: Bonnie (Kent) Halverson, Pamela (James) Longtine, Patricia (Ronald Paine) Martin and Kristi (Kent) Payne, her sister, Joanne Roney; brother-in-law, Darold Martin; 22 grandchildren; 49 great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Robert, a brother Merlin Kimber and a sister, Vivian Broghammer.

Memorials may be directed to: NFV Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Pine St., West Union or West Union Rec Foundation, PO Box 233, West Union, IA.