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Phyllis Mae Stone, 91, was born in Six Mile Grove Township in Benson, MN.

She passed away peacefully on September 18, 2016 at Colfax Health & Rehab.

Funeral service was planned for September 26, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran in Benson, Minnesota.

Phyllis was kind, gentle, modest and generous. She found immense joy in her family, particularly her grandchildren. She took pride in her active involvement with her church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota, where she managed the library and was a member of the WELCA.

The youngest daughter of Commodore J. and Anna Edith (Cooley) Smith, Phyllis grew up in Six Mile Grove where she attended country school. She attended Pilgrim Congregational Church, graduated from Benson High School and in 1946, she married Andrew (Bud) Stone in Benson.

She loved to travel to her husband’s WWII Army reunions and spent winters in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Travel highlights included trips to Branson, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, a private White House tour in Washington, D.C. and visiting a working farm in Costa Rica.

She enjoyed country music, Scrabble, gardening, and reading presidential memoirs.

She wrote two autobiographical books, Airplanes and Elephants (1999), and Pickles and Peanuts (2005), an epilogue of her travel adventures, favorite quotations and family memories.

She was preceded in death by husband Andrew (Bud), son Daniel L. Stone, granddaughter Denise, her parents, brother Milburn, and sisters Helen and Alice.

She is survived by sister Evelyn Stone, Benson, MN; son Robert (Connie) Stone, Colfax, granddaughter Tara Stone Medina (Carlo), Herndon, VA, grandson Daniel A. (Melinda) Stone, Paynesville, MN, grandson Justin (Andrea) Stone, Brooklyn Park, MN, grandson Nathan (Cassandra) Stone, Elk River, MN, and 7 great-grandchildren (Kennady, Harper, Madeline, Gian Luca, Mateo, Easton, and Case).

Special thanks to the staff and caregivers at Colfax Health & Rehab for the loving care they gave her during her stay there.

“Life is very fragile and passes quickly by. Love is the most important ingredient. I hope I have left a few pleasant memories behind.” –Phyllis Stone, Airplanes and Elephants