Phyllis Crabb

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01/31/2022Phyllis Crabb
Phyllis Colleen Crabb was an only child born to Paul and Mabel (Welch) Crabb.

She was born on February 24, 1935, in Milo, Iowa. Phyllis graduated from Knoxville High School in Knoxville, Iowa in 1952 and attended AIB in Des Moines, Iowa.

Phyllis and Teddy Lee Harvey were united in marriage on August 13, 1952, in Knoxville.

They lived in Santa Ana, California while Ted was serving with the United States Marines. Following his discharge, they lived in Knoxville briefly before moving to Nacogdoches, Texas, where Ted worked for Southern Pacific Railroad until 1957.

They then returned to Knoxville to the Gosport area and during this time their six children were born: David Paul, Kathy Elaine, Roger Lee, John Keith who died in infancy, Susan Luann, and Galen Keith.

Phyllis worked for Gavin Realty and she and Ted were both employed at the Veterans Administration Hospital until their retirements. They enjoyed their retirements especially traveling all over the United States and much of Europe. Phyllis enjoyed playing the piano, crocheting, knitting, and sewing.

She collected porcelain boxes, cookbooks, and angels, and was an avid reader. Phyllis appreciated classical music and for enjoyment loved flying and dabbled doing stunt flying in her plane. For many years she and Ted were members of the New Covenant Church in Knoxville.

Ted passed away on July 16, 2017, at the age of 87 which left Phyllis mourning and earnestly waiting to join him in Heaven. She passed away on December 31, 2022, also at the age of 87 years.

Those left to honor her memory are five children and their families. They are:

David and Carolyn Harvey of Carlisle, Iowa

Sara and Alan Cox

Ella, Arie

April and Nick Fitch

Evelyn, Amelia

Jordan and Elizabeth Harvey

Teddy, Emma

Kathy and Fred Houge of Des Moines, Iowa

Patricia Franzen

Ilsis Perez’s adopted daughter

Dr. Roger and Carol Harvey of Grimes, Iowa

Lorin and Kelsey Harvey


Aaron Harvey

Isaac Harvey

Eli Harvey

(John Keith Harvey)

Susan (Jay) King of Knoxville, Iowa

Elaina and Jacob Vos

Sophia, Benjamin

John and Jessica King

Sawyer, Finn, Lucinda

Galen and Melanie Harvey of Kansas City, MO

Nicholas and Kari Harvey

Eleanor, Hayden

Nathan Harvey

Phyllis leaves a sister-in-law, Arvilia (Harvey) Bailey of Knoxville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted, an infant son, John Keith in 1957, son-in-law, Jay King on April 12, 2016, her parents, Paul and Mabel Crabb; her parents-in-law, Lorin Samuel and Alta Marie (Smith) Harvey, and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Bobbie and Betty Harvey, and Marion Bailey.Phyllis Crabb

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.- Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville, Iowa.

Interment will be made in the Greenwood Cemetery near Knoxville.

Visitation with the family present will be on Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Williams Funeral Home.