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Phyllis Irene Best

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

April 24, 1948 — September 14, 2023
Grain Valley, MO

Phyllis Irene Best, age 75, Grain Valley, Missouri, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2023. She was born in Mound City, Kansas, on April 24, 1948, the daughter of Orville and Esther Earline Nation Croan.

She worked as a postal clerk before retirement. She was united in marriage to Joseph "Joe" Best on March 24, 1984, in Independence, Missouri. She was an accomplished painter, loved the outdoors and tending to her garden, especially her flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Katelynn Christine. Phyllis is survived by her husband, Joe; two sons, Daniel Best and David Best; two daughters, Rene Davis and Deidra Rumi; a sister, Marilyn Jannsen; five grandchildren, Isaih, Seth, Michael, Rebecca, and Stephanie; and three great-grandchildren, Zander, Noah, and Emma.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at the Curry Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to departure for the cemetery on Wednesday at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be left at

(Published in the Linn County Journal on September 15, 2023.)

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