Phyllis A. Cullinan, 90, Belmond, died Dec. 26, 2020 at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Phyllis Aileen, the daughter of Wessel and Magdalene (Mennenga) Braner, was born on the family farm east of Belmond on May 20, 1930. She attended country school before graduating from the Belmond High School with the Class of 1948.
Phyllis married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Cullinan, May 20, 1950 in Eureka Springs, AR and were nearly inseparable for 67 years. They settled in rural Belmond and were blessed children Robert Jr., Jim, Mark, Denise, Debra and David. Raising and taking care of her children was Phyllis’s true passion. She kept her large family organized and was always on the go, whether it was helping on the farm or getting ready for horse shows. She was later employed as a secretary for Central Soya in Belmond.
Phyllis enjoyed life on the farm. She had a large vegetable garden and many flowers. She cherished time spent with her grandchildren there during the summer. She was a great cook and was known for her chocolate doughnuts and cinnamon rolls.
Family was most important to Phyllis, and she loved her family whole heartedly. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert; son Jim; grandson Travis Cullinan; brother Alvin Braner; and sister and brother-in-law Velma and Dale Hauge.
Phyllis is survived by her son Robert (Cathy) Cullinan, Jr. of Belmond and their children Darren (Stephanie) of St. Louis, Shelley (Nick) Bartz and their daughters Emme and Eden of Johnston, and Molly (Brandon) Potter of Tiffin; son Mark Cullinan of Belmond; daughter Denise (Jerry) Marifke of Scottsdale, AZ; daughter Debra (Duane) Willhite of Denver, IA and their children Collin (Ashley) Willhite and their sons Rilen and Cal of Cedar Rapids, and Evan Willhite of Marion; son David (Susan) Cullinan and their children Zane, Macyn and Nash of Fall Creek, WI; and sisters-in-law Erma Cullinan of Clarion and Crystal Braner of Belmond.