Phyllis Carol Maupin dies at 82
Phyllis Carol Maupin, 82, of New Hampton, passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at home with her family by her side.A Memorial Service for Phyllis will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in New Hampton with Reverend Candraeah Carey officiating. Burial will be held at New Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton, and will continue at the church one hour prior to the memorial service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mayo Clinic Oncology Department or St. Croix Hospice. Online condolences for Phyllis’s family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Born April 1, 1934 at home 5 miles outside of Rockford, one of three children born to Vern and Verne (Carrott) Ewald. Her early days were spent helping on the farm, going to country school, roller skating, plays, dancing, and Rainbow Club then Eastern Star and Glee Club at Rockford High School where she graduated in 1952. She worked at Iowa Mutual Insurance Co. after graduation and then took some business courses at the junior college in the evening while working. On June 6, 1954, Phyllis married Kenneth Maupin, and they shared the rest of her days together. Their first home was a quonset hut in Cedar Falls while Kenny was finishing college. In 1956, they moved to New Hampton where they built their own home, raised their three children and lived for the next 60 years. Phyllis enjoyed being a homemaker for over 10 years and worked at PCA for a short time. In 1971, Phyllis went to work at Liddle’s Super Value where she welcomed customers and worked as a bookkeeper for 30 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church for many years and worked on various committees and taught Sunday school. She belonged to UMW and was President. She also volunteered for the Hospital Auxiliary, active in the Loafer’s Club working on projects for the community, and member of the New Hampton Country Club where she was secretary and treasurer for two years. She loved playing cards, especially bridge and so enjoyed her two clubs. Attending all the school functions of her three children was always important to her and such fun.Phyllis loved to talk and visit. She conversed with everyone, everywhere and anywhere with a beautiful smile. She was a good listener and had a genuine and loving concern for others. She always had time and was curious and encouraging. She appreciated the simple things in life and didn’t take anything for granted. Being with family and friends was her greatest joy. She loved birthdays and holidays and always remembered every special day with a card and phone call. She loved sending and receiving cards and saved them all. She loved playing games and doing puzzles with her grandchildren, golfing, and fishing, wintering in Texas. She was a caring and fun-loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, there whenever needed. Phyllis maintained her upbeat, always optimistic attitude and concern for others to the very end of her life. She so appreciated every card, phone call, email, visit and food received during these last months. Phyllis is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Kenneth; son, Duane (Cathy) of New Hope, Minn; daughter, Diane Hartman Williams (Forrest) of Colorado Springs, Colo; son, Roger (Robin) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn; sisters-in-law, Larri Maupin of Shell Rock, and Margaret Maupin of Nora Springs; 11 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandsons. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Beverly and brother, Gordon.The family wishes to extend their gratitude to friends, their church community and hospice for their support in her final days.