Phyllis Petersen was of the Baptist faith. She was a retired jailor. She worked for 10 years at Sylvania and was a correctional officer at Des Moines Jail. She was a member of Iowa State Police Association, Burlington Police Auxiliary and Iowa State Police Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond C. Petersen, father Harry Isacc Bush; mother Armida Mae Stores Bush; step-father Ralph Drain; brother Chalmers “Vick” Drain; two sisters, Jessie Holstein and Geraldene Ballard; grandson Darren LeVeine; and several nieces and nephews.
She is survived by two daughters, Rae Alden and Lucia D. Petersen; two sons, Lester D. Waddell and Larry D. Waddell; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.