Obituary: Phyllis Gail Barker Morrissey



Phyllis Gail Barker Morrissey, 73, died July 24, in Columbia, Mo. Phyllis was born in Lorimor, Iowa, on Dec. 8, 1941, to Norman L. Barker and Wilma Thurman Barker. She married Larry E. Morrissey on October 12, 1960, in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Phyllis loved three things: travel, words and chocolate. Adventurous at heart, she rode roller coasters in Tivoli Gardens, camels in Egypt and stunt planes in Indiana. In 2010, at the age of 68, she went parasailing in the Red Sea. Phyllis worked in the printing industry in Des Moines, Iowa, and Carmel, Ind., before transitioning to administrative support roles for St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and the City of Carmel.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Larry, and her grandson Cory Bell. She will be greatly missed by her children; Terry Bell (Angela) of Franklin, Tennessee, Linda Morrissey (Deb) of Golden Valley, Minn., and Jon Morrissey (Alyssa Guidry) of Englewood, Colorado; her grandchildren Ciara, Tristian and Gianna Bell; Sister Patti Boggess, brother Gary Barker, and her wide circle of extended family and friends.