Phyllis J. Jensen passed away June 9th, 2018 at her home at Meadowlark Pointe in Cozad at the age of 88.
Phyllis was born February 6th, 1930 in Marion, Kansas to Willard and Helen (Richmond) Suffield. The family lived on a farm northeast of Marion until it was taken by a tornado. They moved to Wichita for a couple of years, but were happy to move back to Marion in 1945. Phyllis was a Drum Majorette during her senior year at Marion High School. She graduated with the class of 1947.
In 1948, she married Fred Allen. The couple were blessed with 2 children, Coni and Maurice. Phyllis attended Venus Academy of Beauty and received her cosmetology license. She worked for a friend for a little over a year before starting her own salon. She and Fred built an addition on to their home and opened Allen's Brush and Curl. They eventually moved to Manhattan, Kansas where she worked at Crums Beauty Academy and then to Topeka and opened a shop in her home.
Following her divorce, Phyllis moved to Norton and worked for the State, inspecting beauty shops in Kansas. She decided to settle down and moved to Cozad. Phyllis met Harlan Jensen and were married on February 14th, 1992 at the Cozad United Methodist Church. They enjoyed traveling to Wyoming, O'Neill and Topeka to see family and watch great grandchildren participate in school activities. Phyllis was a longtime member of Order of the Eastern Star in Marion and Cozad. She held many offices and was Worthy Matron in Cozad. Phyllis received 25 and 70 year pins from the Order. She was also a member of Daughters of the American Revolution.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and daughter, Coni Bratton. Survivors include her son, Maurice Allen of Topeka, KS; son-in-law, Larry Bratton of Cozad; grandchildren, James Bratton and wife Tammy of Douglas, WY, Michelle Liewer and husband Jamie of O'Neill, Tim Allen of Topeka, KS, Kellyn Hermanson and husband Michael of Topeka, KS and Annjanette Rivera and husband Edward of Topeka, KS; great grandchildren, Jake Bratton and wife Amanda of Casper, WY, Bayley and Dawson Bratton of Douglas, WY, Walker, Wyatt and Wreece Liewer of O'Neill, Makayla, Madalyn and Mya Bayless of Topeka, KS, and Savannah, Tobias and Marianna Rivera of Topeka, KS; great great granddaughter, Brynnlee Bratton of Casper, WY; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Cremation was chosen. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 from noon until 5 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home.