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Phyllis I. Bower

Phyllis passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018 at her daughter Jody’s home in Plainwell.

She was born July 12, 1934 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Floyd and Ada (Merrill) Taylor. Phyllis was a Martin High School graduate where she had played the French horn in the band. She had always loved music and enjoyed singing and playing the piano. For several years she had worked at Alamo Nursing Home. Phyllis had wanted to be a nurse and had attended KVCC for a short time.

Phyllis enjoyed gardening, fishing, mushroom hunting, ceramics and painting. She was an excellent self- taught cook and was known for her delicious pies and at Christmas time was famous for her apple pie squares. She would make german chocolate cakes for each of her girls on their birthdays.

In 1952 she married the love of her life, Jack Bower. Phyllis spent 61 wonderful years doting on Jack and together they provided a happy environment for their daughters.

Surviving are her children, Cheri (Joe) Demmon of Montana, Julie Bos of Kalamazoo, Pat (Kerry) Boothby of Paw Paw and Jody Dorothy (Ron Doot) of Plainwell; 7 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Bev Taylor and brother-in-law, Lorence Bower.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Floyd and step-siblings, Claire Wycoff, Florence Blackman, Marion Haney, Keneth Wycoff and TommyTaylor.

Friends may visit with Phyllis’ family from 5-7 P.M., Monday, September 24, 2018, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Alamo Community Congregational Church with Pastor Don Boss officiating.

Burial will take place at 1:30 P.M., at the Liberty Street Cemetery in Alamo Township with Pastor Ron Lugten officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Phyllis may be made to

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan


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September 21, 2018 at 8:22 pm

We love you Grandma. Give Grandpa a hug for us.


Pastor Ron Lugten

September 22, 2018 at 12:09 am

It’s hard for me to remember Phyllis without remembering her and her smile as part of the Praise Team at the former Twin Lakes Church. She was a dear lady who “loved that little church.” She is already being missed. My sincere sympathy to the members of her family.

Pastor Ron Lugten


Diane Boysen

September 23, 2018 at 11:06 pm

Cheryl and families, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Sending sympathies and condolences to all of you during this most difficult time.


Dennis Warzun & Barbara Faarup

September 24, 2018 at 8:18 am

Julie & Family –

Dennis and I are sorry for your loss. Though we met Phyllis in her later years, despite her health, her personality shined through. At the summer party at Hans’ this year, we had many friends who said, after seeing Phyllis, “What an awesome lady! I hope I am like her when I am older.” From what we can tell from the stories we have heard and seen, Phyllis lead a wonderful life, raised wonderful children, who cared for her lovingly until the end.

Our condolences during this difficult time.

Dennis & Barbara


Sherry Lynn Dennis

September 24, 2018 at 9:25 am

I am so sorry for your loss today. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers ! She will be missed by many, and she was very loving woman, she will be a wonderful angel.

Bless you all,

Love, Sherry


Carmen Gustafson

September 24, 2018 at 3:28 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bower family with the loss of your mother Phyllis Bower.


Jerry Fenner

September 24, 2018 at 9:08 pm

Condolences to the Bower family.

I was a class mate of both Jack and Phyliiis.


April Ouweleen

September 25, 2018 at 10:03 am

My Heart is aching for Phyllis’s Family. I only was in her Life for 4 or 5 short years. She became a Treasure to me. The Smile in her eyes as she would speak of Jack. I cannot even Fathom that type of Love. Her Children then Grand Children, and Great Grand Children and then the Great Great Grand Children. What a Wonderful Legacy. Phyllis, you will be truly missed however, I know you are enjoying your Family now in Heaven. Be at Peace my Dear Friend, I will see you again. Until then, know I Love you.


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